Good early Monday morning, everyone. After dealing with our storm system and its rounds of t-storms on Saturday, it was nice to keep quiet under mostly sunny skies for Sunday. On the back side of the cold front, though, we did see high pressure slide to our southwest during the day. While it did keep us quiet, it cooled us down to wrap up the weekend. After seeing highs in the upper 60s and lower 70s Saturday afternoon, we only climbed back into the middle to upper 50s for highs after we started in the lower 40s Sunday morning.
The front is well to the east of the region and ready to work into the Atlantic. Behind us, our area of high pressure will continue to slide into the Deep South and bring a good southwest wind back in for our Monday.
Upstairs at the jet stream level, we’ll see the jet shift back to the north as our next upper-level ridge starts working out of the Southwest and into the Plains. That’s going to be the dominant feature for much of the week before we see our next storm system develop out in the Pacific.
While the high pressure to our south is giving us a south breeze, the mostly clear skies in place for this morning will still leave us cold to start the day. Have the jackets ready before you head out the door as lows start out in the upper 30s to near 40°.
After our cold start, the southwest wind will kick into gear at 10-20 mph for the rest of the day. Working together with mostly sunny skies, we’ll push into the upper 50s by lunchtime before Joplin tops out at 62° for the afternoon. Outside of the Joplin area, we’ll see lower 60s in southwest Missouri and lower to middle 60s across our corners of Kansas and Oklahoma.
For Tuesday and Wednesday, we’ll see the center of our upper-level ridge slide on top of the region. That will keep us mild for the middle of the week as highs push back into the middle 60s. With this setup wanting to bring in more mild air for Thursday and Friday, we’ll see highs push back near 70 as we approach the end of the week.
While we stay dry to start the weekend, our next storm system will begin its approach from the west. The upper low coming out of the Pacific will begin to push a cold front our way on Saturday. Saturday may start mostly cloudy, but we’ll see some rain chances start to sneak in by the afternoon. Despite that, we’ll stay mild with highs near 70°.
By Sunday, the front shifts on top of the area and keeps us underneath cloudy skies and periods of rain through the day. Seeing how the front wants to work through, we could start Sunday out with early highs in the middle 60s before we see cooler air work in through the day.
If you’re curious as to how we look for the week of Thanksgiving, the rest of the month and early December, Doug has your long range forecast down below. Have a good night and a great Monday!
November 23rd-28th: The cold front on Sunday will leave us on Monday and leave us dry. We’ll watch for another quick shot of rain on Tuesday before another system works in by the Thanksgiving weekend. Looking to stay mainly cool to chilly for the rest of the week.
November 29th-December 5th: Mainly a cool week with rain chances on Monday and Tuesday. Then again by Friday and Saturday that could mix with some snow.
December 6th-12th: A mild start but a cold finish with rain chances on Tuesday. Turning much colder with rain and snow chances from Thursday through Saturday.