Gusts as high as 30-35 mph have sent “real feel temperatures” well below the actual afternoon (it was in the 50s at midnight) highs ranging from near 40 to the low 40s. If you’re not a fan of wind chills, the good news is that it will become considerably calmer as the sun sets. We might even see little to no wind overnight. But, chilly air is here to stay, at least for a little while.
Through Tonight: As noted, those winds die off a good bit heading past sunset. Along with dropping wind speeds comes dropping temperatures too! Under mostly clear skies, readings ultimately range from near 20 in the coldest suburbs to the mid-or-upper 20s downtown.
Tomorrow (Thursday): Morning sunshine becomes increasingly obscured by clouds as the day progresses, and we’re probably mostly cloudy during the afternoon thanks to a weak storm beginning to pass to our north. Highs rise to near 40 or into the low 40s, and winds blow around 10-15 mph.
Local snow chances: We’re still watching two systems that could bring mainly conversational snow or mixed precipitation to the area. First is the one responsible for increased clouds tomorrow. By and large, any snow of consequence should stay north -- into Pa. or north -- with this one, but a few flurries are possible Thursday night. Next up is a storm arriving on Saturday. The most recent model data indicates that this event will largely be rain. However, some mixed precipitation (potentially including sleet, freezing rain or even snow) is possible as the storm arrives. Odds seem to be best for such if the precipitation arrives prior to sunrise. If not, it will be a battle against warming temperatures aloft and at the surface.
Tornado tourism? Joplin, Mo.’s Convention and Visitors Bureau is taking some heat after releasing a map of the hardest hit parts of the city. The map, replete with tornado imagery and facts about the storm, is available at welcome centers and hotels throughout the state. Joplin city officials say the map is not intended to cause tornado tourism, but others are not so sure.