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Thursday Blog: Let’s start looking at the New Years storm. -Doug

I hope your week is going great so far and of course gearing up for New Years!   We have had the rain waves the past few days but the next couple of days will be mainly dry until Friday night.

Thursday we will have a lot of clouds but temperatures into the upper 50s.

Most of  Friday looks great into the mid 60s.  But, showers and thunderstorms develop Friday evening.

Scattered showers and thunderstorms through the night.  I am not expecting severe.  So at midnight, it will be wet outside in most spots.  An arctic fronts rolls by the morning hours and temps will take a tumble fast.  Look at this system.

This will produce very heavy snow north of us.  Sleet and freezing rain for our area and severe weather across the dixie states.  As we work through the morning, areas north of I-44 switch to freezing rain and sleet.

As temperatures drop into the 20s during the afternoon hours, that freezing rain and sleet works farther south.  I do think in general this will be light.

By late afternoon and evening, we will switch over to snow showers and flurries.  I do expect some ice accumulations.

As of right now, I think it will be light but could cause some issues on the roads.  This will mainly affect Joplin and points north or north of I-44.  But a 1/4-1/2″ of ice can’t be ruled out which will cause some issues.  Also we drop into the single digits Saturday night, ugh!  Long range below and I will keep you updated.  There are a couple of indications of this system dropping a hair farther south, I will keep you updated.

-Doug

Jan. 5th-8th:  Mild with rain chances Wednesday. Turning colder for the rest of the week. Rain or snow chances Thursday.

Jan. 9th-15th: Chilly for the first half of the week. Rain and snow chances Monday and Wednesday. Cold and dry for the rest of the week.

Jan. 16th-22nd: Mainly chilly for this week. Slight rain chances on Monday and Friday.

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