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Additional rain chances set for Wednesday – Nick

Good Tuesday evening, everyone. Our work/school week rolls on as we continue to watch some interesting changes working our way. On the heels of highs in the upper 70s to near 80° yesterday, we started out on a rather cool note this morning with lows dropping back into the upper 40s. It didn’t take too long, though, to get temperatures back into the middle to upper 70s this afternoon.

Breaking down our weather setup, we don’t have any major systems in play as we get into the middle of the week. I will point out that we’re watching our next cold front well into the Pacific Northwest. That will come into play later down the road.

If any systems are driving our weather setup, we need to head upstairs to find it. Fortunately, it’s not hard to find it. The upper-level low near the Memphis area in northwestern Mississippi brought partly sunny skies our way for today and a couple of light showers around Stockton Lake and the Harry Truman Reservoir. This will come into play again for tomorrow while the wave producing severe weather in Arizona will race off into the Northern Plains.

For the rest of the night and to get Wednesday morning started, we’ll keep things dry while partly cloudy skies remain in place. Despite the partly cloudy skies and a light northeast breeze, we’ll have another chilly start with lows dropping into the upper 50s.

While we can get through the morning on a dry note, the upper-level wave to our southeast will push more moisture our way for the afternoon. That will result in mostly cloudy skies and scattered showers (even a few t-storms) to roll on in for the rest of the day. This will keep temperatures in check as highs will only top out near 73° across the area.

For Wednesday evening, skies will start to trend partly cloudy across the area. After a few evening showers, we’ll be dry as we work into Thursday morning with lows back in the upper 50s. The upper-level low will move off to our northeast and send us back under partly sunny skies. We’ll also see another warm up get underway with highs back near 80°.

The warming trend doesn’t stop on our Thursday, though. Look at the upper-level ridge wanting to build in down below for Friday and Saturday. Under partly sunny skies, this setup will result in highs for both days topping out in the upper 80s to near 90° across the area.

Fortunately, this upper-level ridge will not last too long. By Sunday, an upper-level low will work in from the west and push our next cold front (the one sitting in the Pacific Northwest) our way. With warm temperatures ahead of this front (highs in the lower to middle 80s), this could be a setup for some strong to possibly severe t-storms as we wrap up the upcoming weekend.

Behind that front, we’ll keep quiet under partly sunny skies for Monday and Tuesday. We’ll also see more fall-like temperatures work back in with highs in the middle to upper 70s.

Have a good night and a great Wednesday!

Nick

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