Monday Evening December 16th – Warming back up Tuesday
Thanks to returning sunshine
JOPLIN, Mo. — Good Monday evening, everyone. Sure enough, Mother Nature sent another upper level wave our way for today. That kept us in the cold under cloudy skies all day long. What started out as areas of freezing rain/sleet and snow for some this morning has turned into areas of light snow for a good portion of southeast Kansas and southwest Missouri this afternoon and evening. Thankfully, this batch of snow is the backside of this last wave. It’s continuing to move on out of here on the radar below…
The snow is on the way out because the upper wave responsible for it is also on the way out. For Tuesday, that wave lifts into the Great Lakes and the western side of the Appalachian Mountains…
That departing wave will give way to a bit of clearing skies tonight, but we’ll stay mostly cloudy. We’ll also stay cold as northerly winds stay in place. Overnight lows will drop into the upper teens…
This cold night means that any roads that are untreated and/or wet will be slick. Keep that in mind if you have to be on the road late tonight or into Tuesday morning. Thankfully, we’ll see temperatures go back above freezing as we head into Tuesday afternoon with partly sunny skies in place. Highs will climb back into the upper 30s across the area…
We’ll keep partly sunny skies in place for Wednesday as highs continue to trend a bit warmer. We’ll have highs back in the middle to upper 40s before mostly cloudy skies return on Thursday. The increasing clouds for Thursday will be ahead of our next upper level wave that will swing in on Friday…
This wave could have just enough moisture to bring a few showers our way for Friday, but most spots should stay dry to start the weekend out…
By the weekend, we’ll have highs back into the 50s and temperatures pushing into mild territory just before Christmas. We’re still watching a storm system by Christmas Day.
Don’t forget that Doug has your long range forecast out through February 1st of next year down below. Have a good night and a great Tuesday!
Long range forecast through late next January:
Next Week: We will warm back up early in the week with our next system rolling in on Christmas Eve and Day. This should be a rain over to sleet to snow event, so we need to watch it. Staying cold and dry the rest of the week.
December 29th – January 4th: Mainly a cool week with a system on New Year’s Eve and Day. This will give us showers but possibly over to snow by Thursday the 2nd. Cold the rest of the week.
January 5th – 11th: A mild start with a system working in on Monday. This will start as rain and likely go to snow on Monday. Staying cold through the week with snow showers on Thursday.
January 12th – 18th: A cool start to the week but mild temperatures for the middle of the week. Rain works in on Thursday that could go to snow with much colder temperatures on Friday.
January 19th – 25th: Cool with showers on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. A bigger system on Friday and Saturday with rain and snow chances.
January 26th – February 1st: A cool start but a mild finish with just a few showers on Friday.
February: Very active and cold middle of the month with several shots for snow!
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