Cloudy and warm as cold front arrives on Thursday

First Warning Storm Team Temperatures warming to the 70s

First Warning Storm Team Temperatures warming to the 70s

It's possible that we could even be flirting with some 80s at that time.

Skies were still partly cloudy this evening, but clouds should fill back in. North of the front highs Saturday will be in the 50s, to the south we will see mid to upper 60s and some lowers 70s. Any showers over the southern half of the state should be few and far between.

Morning clouds on Thursday will once again thin out. By this afternoon we will warm up to the upper 60s, nearing 70 degrees. The record in Springfield for Thursday is 76° set in 1911. Winds won't be almost as gusty. Cloudy, with a temperature falling to around 49 by 5 p.m. Northwest wind 8 to 16 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 26 miles per hour. However, the warmth will be accompanied by rain, mainly after noon and into the evening. Friday's highs will likely be in the morning. You'll certainly notice the unseasonably mild air in place, pumping highs into the lower 70s today. Looking at the weekend, forecasters say rain is likely, with a chance of snow on Sunday. Rain coverage will really start to pick up later this afternoon. They are in the middle to upper 40s. Partly sunny, with a high near 36. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. There still could be some isolated showers Tuesday into Wednesday, but the bulk of the rain looks like it will stay just to our northwest.

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Some storms could be strong to severe. But late afternoon and evening, areas of some heavier downpours and some rumbles of thunder will arrive.

Meanwhile, with the spring-like temperatures, it will be wetter than normal from Gulf Coast northeastward into Midwest and Northeast.

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