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Springfield weather: Thaw continues, showers Monday night and Tuesday

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After the mild and rainy conditions Saturday and Saturday night we had a spell of drier weather Sunday with gusty west winds helping to dry out the area. Even though a cold front moved through Saturday night we remained on the mild side with temperatures into the 40s.

Taking a look ahead for the upcoming week the main features will be milder than normal temperatures through most of the work week before it becomes colder next weekend. And, a couple of rounds of precipitation, notably on Monday night and Tuesday and again on Wednesday. With the mild air in place most of this precipitation is expected to fall as rain with some snow possibly mixing in Wednesday.

High pressure offshore has turned the winds back to the milder southwest direction. We are in for a pleasant mid January day on Monday with mild temperatures and plenty of sunshine. High clouds are on the increase later in the day and this signals the approach of our next weather maker.

A cold front will move through Tuesday with a chance of a weak wave of low pressure forming along the front. We may have only showers later Monday night into Tuesday or with the wave development several hours of steadier rainfall would be more likely.

After a brief drying period Tuesday night another weak disturbance enters the picture and brings a period of unsettled weather on Wednesday. With slightly cooler air in place from the cold front passage during Tuesday there is a better chance that somebody gets a bit of snow out of this second disturbance and that would most likely be communities across the hilly terrain. One caution is the possibility of a coastal low that would enhance the precipitation and possibly bring a more organized area of rain and snow to the area. Many uncertainties remain and the mid week period will have to be monitored closely to see which way it sets up.

Back to drier conditions Thursday and Friday with cooler temperatures but still slightly above normal.

72 Hour Forecast:

Tonight: Much cooler under mostly clear skies. Breezy in the evening. Low temperatures in the low to mid 20s. Diminishing southwest winds.

Monday: Mostly sunny and mild, increasing clouds in the afternoon. Highs in the upper 40s to 50 degrees. Southwest winds 8 to 15 mph with some higher gusts in the afternoon.

Monday night: Becoming mostly cloudy. Showers developing. Not so cool with lows in the mid to upper 30s. Southwest winds 8 to 15 mph.

Tuesday: Periods of showers. Continued mild. Highs in the mid 40s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday night: Chance of showers early, remaining mostly cloudy. Lows in the low 30s. Light southwest winds.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers redeveloping, possibly mixing with snow. Cooler, highs in the upper 30s to low 40s.

Wednesday night: Mostly cloudy. Colder, lows in the 20s.

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