First Alert Forecast: February, back to April

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A weak cold front brings highs back into the 70 by week's end and lows into the lower 50s.

We remain above average with ample sunshine for Thursday and Friday before clouds return Saturday ahead of our next system that arrives on Sunday. Be sure to dress warmly out the door this Mid-April morning, and keep the warm clothes handy throughout the day today. We will be tracking a system that will likely bring heavy rain and thunderstorms next weekend.

Wednesday will be the warmest day all week with highs near 80 degrees. However, westerly winds will pick up Wednesday to 16-22 miles per hour, gusting as high as 40 miles per hour.

Temperatures drop and hover around 40 through the evening with some backyards seeing temperatures in the upper 30s. The Lake of the Ozarks will be a bit warmer, reaching the lower 70s as the warmer air moves in with easterly winds at 6-10 miles per hour.

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Monday: Sunny, warm & dry, turning windy... Local gusts to 75 miles per hour. Monday night will be clear.

Much of the same is expected on Tuesday, but it will be warmer with mainly sunny skies.

Winds will continue to increase throughout the afternoon. I have us dry Tuesday night. Under continued bright skies, Wednesday and Thursday will feature highs in the deep 70s to locally, on the mainland, 80s.

Heading into the middle of the week we will be watching a strong disturbance moving across the northern Plains which will close off as it reaches the Upper MS Valley and the Great Lakes Wednesday night. No significant rainfall is expected, meaning more high fire danger and elevated pollen levels.

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