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As weather goes, this week is going to run the gamut from a chance of rain and thunderstorms today to a slight chance of light snow later in the week.

More importantly, a cold front is going to usher in much colder weather, putting an abrupt end to the prolonged period of mild weather that those in the Parkland have enjoyed in recent weeks.

According to the National Weather Service, today will see a repeat of recent weather patterns, with partly cloudy skies and a high that could reach near 70 degrees. As a surface cold front approaches the region, there will be a 30 percent chance of rain this afternoon along with 11-17 mph winds from the south and gusts as high as 28 mph.

Behind the front, gusty northwest winds will continue into Monday night ushering in a much cooler air mass. It’s then the Parkland will have to say goodbye to the impressive stretch of warmth the region has experienced over the past couple of weeks, as it looks like southeast Missouri is heading into a prolonged cold period.

Beginning Tuesday and continuing through the foreseeable future, highs are going to remain in the 40s, with lows in the low- to mid-20s.

With the advance of several systems moving through the area late in the week, the deep-layer cold could bring some minor snow accumulations to the area.

Here’s a brief breakdown of the week ahead:

This evening, expect a continued chance for showers and possibly even a thunderstorm before midnight. The low will drop to around 39, with a south wind of 10-17 mph becoming northwest after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 26 mph. The chance of precipitation will be 90 percent.

Tuesday will be partly sunny with a high near 48. Northwest winds of 8-13 mph, along with gusts as high as 20 mph, will make it seem much colder. Tuesday night will see mostly clear conditions with a low around 25.

Wednesday is expected to be sunny with a high near 46. In the evening it will be mostly clear, with a low around 23.

Thursday will once again bring mostly sunny skies with a high near 40. Temperatures will drop in the evening to around 22.

Friday brings a 30 percent chance of rain and snow. Accumulations, if any, shouldn’t amount to more than a dusting. Otherwise, conditions are expected to be mostly sunny, with a high near 39. Friday night will be extremely cold with a low around a shivery 19 degrees.

Saturday will see sunny skies with a high near 40.

For the latest weather information, including NWS watches and warnings, check out the Daily Journal website at www.dailyjournalonline.com.

Kevin Jenkins is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3614 or kjenkins@dailyjournalonline.com

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