Good Tuesday evening, everyone. It’s still unbelievable how cold it got this morning. While it was nice to see the sunshine return and get us back into the lower to middle teens today, the morning low was just amazing. We hit a new record low of -15 at 4:10 this morning. Not only did that shatter the old record low today of 2 set back in 1903, the last time the city of Joplin dropped to -15 was on December 22nd and 23rd of 1989. It has been 32 years since we have seen temperatures like this around here.
While it’s nice that we’ll stay away from the negative numbers for the rest of the week, we have another storm system working in. Winter weather advisories have gone back into effect for southeast Kansas and southwest Missouri until 6 PM Wednesday while winter storm warnings are out for northeast Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas until 6 AM Thursday.
Our storm system isn’t visible on the surface map. While it does show our next round of snow working on in, it’s emphasizing the area of high pressure shifting over toward Chicago and the Great Lakes. It’s still remarkable to see how the cold front and the high pressure has brought this blast of Arctic air all the way through Texas and into the Deep South.
We need to head upstairs to find the storm system itself. Our round of snow for tonight and Wednesday is being driven in by an upper low working across Oklahoma and the Panhandle of Texas. Once this passes, we’ll finally see better changes to our weather setup for the rest of the week.
Before those more-than-welcome changes roll in, we’ll have our snow chances pick up late tonight and through early Wednesday morning. You can see on the Future Track below how we’ll have light to sometimes moderate snow across the region. Fortunately, we’ll have temperatures climbing overnight into the lower teens.
The bulk of our accumulating snow will be between late tonight and 6 AM as we head into our Wednesday. Again, it’s nice that temperatures will at least be in the lower to middle teens as the morning drive begins.
Our storm system won’t waste any time moving on as we work through the day. In fact, we’ll see our snow chances back down to light snow for the rest of the morning hours. By lunchtime, we’ll have temperatures in the upper teens to get the afternoon started.
Before this wave completely moves on, we’ll have a few straggling light snow showers try to hold on for the afternoon. Despite that, our mostly cloudy skies will keep us cold. However, we’ll see highs back in the lower 20s across the region.
In terms of snow amounts, we’ll see amounts range between 2 and 3 inches in our far northwestern areas like Yates Center, Iola, Burlington, Garnett and Mound City. The majority of the area should see snow amounts total between 3 and 5 inches. Keep in mind that the bulk of our snow amounts will come from the snow we’ll see overnight and into Wednesday morning.
With mostly cloudy skies and dry conditions in place for Wednesday night and Thursday morning, we won’t turn as bitterly cold as it has been the past few nights. It will still be cold for Thursday morning as lows drop into the middle to upper single digits.
Even if mostly cloudy skies stay in place for Thursday, we’ll see temperatures rebound into the lower to middle 20s for the afternoon.
Once we hit the weekend, things will truly start to improve. Even though we head back to the freezing mark on Friday, the storm systems will have moved on and we’ll see our jet stream setup start to moderate. Not only that, we’ll have partly sunny skies to get our weekend started.
We’ll turn mostly cloudy for Saturday, but the moderating jet stream will send us back into the lower to middle 40s for the afternoon. If you notice on the Future Track below, we have another low coming out of northern Rockies.
Thankfully, this center of this low will pass to our north as we work into Sunday. While this wave does have moisture to work with, our highs in the middle to upper 40s will mean just rain chances for our Sunday.
We’re looking great for early next week as we stay in the middle 40s with partly sunny skies for Monday and push near 60 by next Tuesday. If you’re curious about how we look for the rest of the month and heading into March, Doug has you covered with his long range forecast down below.
Next Wednesday-Saturday: Rain chances and turning cooler on Wednesday. Stay chilly with slight chances for rain or snow on Thursday and Friday.
February 28th-March 6th: Sunday looks mild before we turn cooler on Monday and cold for Tuesday and Wednesday. A brief mild spell for Thursday and Friday before we cool back down on Saturday. A system early in the week will have rain chances for Sunday and Monday. We’ll watch for slight rain and snow chances on Wednesday and slight rain chances on Friday.
March 7th-13th: A cool start to the week with some showers on Sunday and Monday. Warming up the second half of the week with rain on Thursday and Friday.
March 14th-20th: Rain or snow chances on Sunday. Cool on Sunday and Monday with mild temperatures the rest of the week. Rain chances back in on Wednesday.