Pretty quiet week ahead. Notice the QPF(Quantitative Precipitation Forecast) map on the right which is valid through this coming Thursday morning. As you can see, the active weather is expected to be well to our east through that time frame and the longer range guidance suggests more of the same. The only exception that I can see is a very slight chance of some sprinkles or a few showers for the extreme eastern counties and into Arkansas for later tonight or into the day Sunday.
That is because of a rather strong, closed circulation aloft that is meandering around the Iowa/Missouri/Illinois general vicinity. We are close enough to this upper level system for occasional periods of clouds for most of us and the possibility it could wring out some brief showers further east. Also, a weak frontal boundary will be pushing through the state during the late night hours bringing a stronger N to NE surface wind for Sunday. Together with some occasional clouds, that will be enough to cool us off by a few degrees over the next several days.
In fact, temperatures should be running a bit below normal till Wednesday and Thursday when things will be warming back up. However, another front now looks to be arriving by late in the day Thursday which should cool us back down going into the coming weekend. With the very limited moisture available, these systems are expected to be dry resulting in the quiet weather pattern expected throughout the coming week.
So, enjoy and make the most of what looks to be a stretch of relatively quiet weather during the week ahead.
As always, stay tuned and check back for updates.
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