Cloudy Wednesday, with warming trend before significant weekend chill.

Futurecast

A very slow warm trend will kick in today, and while we will be stuck with the clouds again, highs should return to the mid and upper 50s for much of the region which is near normal for mid-January. 

This morning temperatures are cold, but in the low and mid 40s. Cloud cover continues to keep a firm hold on the region, but a returning south wind will help to push the stagnant and cold air out of here. Highs will reach the mid to upper 50s with some breaks in the clouds letting through a few minutes of sunshine here and there. 

We do have the potential for a few lightly scattered showers today and tonight as weak disturbance passes north of the region. Any accumulations will be light today and tomorrow. See the latest run of futurecast below:

Our significant arctic cold front remains ticketed to reach the region late Friday into Saturday morning. This will bring widespread rain and a few thunderstorms, and a low end severe weather threat for large hail. Temperatures will be in the 50s and 60s early Saturday, but during the day we will drop quickly into the 30s and 40s during the afternoon with a gusty and very cold north wind settling in. Rainfall accumulations are now forecast to be between 1 and 2 inches. This likely won’t cause any additional lake or river flooding, but it will once again slow the drop of water levels. We may also see a brief changeover into snow north of I-30 in Oklahoma and Arkansas, but any accumulations would be extremely light. 

Sunday will bring the return of sunshine, but it will be very cold with morning temperatures in the mid 20s and afternoon highs in the 30s and low 40s. This chilly pattern will continue Monday, before our next chance of rain Tuesday into Wednesday. 

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