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Springfield weather: Arctic blast prompts Wind Chill Advisory

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It was nice to get a break from the cold temperatures today, no matter how short it lasted, but now winter quickly sets back in as the arctic front has moved through. The remainder of the week features below normal cold through Thursday morning with some moderation towards late week. Morning temperatures climbed into the low and mid 50s Monday before the arrival of the front. The mercury slid through the 40s during the afternoon once the colder air began to overspread the area.

Tonight, the arctic air continues to work in behind the departing front and temperatures are going to plummet. There will be a quick refreeze of puddles and untreated roads and walkways. We are not going to see the serious and dangerous cold that is attacking the Plains and Midwest but it gets uncomfortably cold here. By morning temperatures will have collapsed to the single digits for many. Just as important will be the gusty winds behind the cold front, ramping up to 35 mph in gusts, lowering wind chills to 10 to 20 below zero after midnight, a far cry from what we experienced this morning. The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Advisory from midnight tonight until 7 am Tuesday morning. There is a slight chance of a passing flurry or snow shower tonight as a disturbance up above moves through.

Tuesday will be a bitterly cold day with gusty winds and temperatures that do not climb much through the day. That leaves us with highs in the low teens and wind chills near zero. Very cold Tuesday night, lows close to zero for most and wind chills could approach 15 below zero. Partly cloudy skies become mostly clear overnight.

High pressure begins to nudge in here later Wednesday into Thursday. A very cold start on Wednesday with temperatures rebounding to around 20 degrees in the afternoon. We should see a good amount of sunshine.

By Thursday high temperatures moderate well into the 20s along with partly cloudy skies that become mostly cloudy overnight.

Friday may bring a few snow showers and temperatures into the low 30s. Unsettled weather could be with us into the weekend, although it appears at this time any precipitation we get will be light.

72 Hour Forecast:

Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a chance of a flurry or snow shower. Much colder, lows 5 to 10 degrees. Gusty west winds to 30 or 35 mph.

Tuesday: Gusty winds and near steady temperatures make for a bitter cold day. Highs 10 to 15 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Winds gusting to 35 mph from the west.

Tuesday night: Some early clouds then clearing skies. Very cold and windy. Lows around zero. West winds continue to gust to around 30 mph.

Wednesday: After a very cold morning temperatures climb to around 20 degrees in the afternoon. Mostly to partly sunny and not so windy.

Wednesday night: Partly cloudy. Not as cold, lows 12 to 17.

Thursday and Thursday night: Partly cloudy, becoming mostly cloudy overnight. Not so cold. Highs 25 to 30, overnight lows 12 to 17.

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