A strong cold front bisects the area at this early hour. Along the front showers and a few T'storms were developing...including a few strong T'storms over Southern Illinois. Behind the front much colder air was beginning to blow in with temps in the 30s just to our northwest.
It looks like we'll have a bit of light snow moving across mainly our northern counties during the morning hours behind the front but with little to no accumulation. Otherwise the main story today will be the blustery north winds and much colder temps. Our official 'highs' for March 12th will show up in the archives as in the low 60s.... (Cape Girardeau airport is 61° as of 3 AM) but for most people this will be a cold and windy day. We'll drop into the 30s during the morning hours behind our cold front.......perhaps recovering into the low 40s in those areas that can get some sunshine this afternoon. In addition...this very dynamic system looks to bring some strong north winds as well...with possible gusts as high as 40 or 50 mph. Note that 'wind chill' temps today will be about 40 to 50 degrees lower than on Tuesday (official high of 72° at Cape Girardeau Tuesday.)
Tonight will be clear and cold but winds should die quickly after sunset and will be near calm by Thursday morning.
Thankfully our cold snap will be relatively short-lived..with sunshine and southwest breezes by Thursday...pushing afternoon temps back into the low 50s...and close to 60° again by Friday afternoon.
Friday night rain looking a bit slower this morning..so will push the showers from late Friday into Saturday....but still not completely trusting model scenario. Otherwise it looks like we'll be drying out and cooling down again by Saturday night into Sunday thanks to northwest flow once again....before we begin to slowly warm up again next week. Currently next week is looking like a rather pleasant and dry early spring week...with highs in the 50s Monday rising to the 60s by next Thursday and Friday.