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Warm Weather Rapidly Approaching

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Groundhog Day may be a little more accurate than we first thought. After experiencing single digit temperatures and snow storms for most of the last two weeks, the weather may be starting to turn the corner. After speaking with the National Weather Service, KSMU’s Justin Lux has more details.

With temperatures being so bitterly cold in the southwest Missouri region and snow and ice taking over the roadways, many local residents have been leary of even leaving their homes.

However, as meteorologist Doug Cramer explains, that soon may not be the case.

“With clear skies, sunny conditions, and southwest winds pumping in some warmer air it looks like by Saturday afternoon we will warm in to the mid-40’s,” Cramer says.

As the temperatures begin to rise into the 50’s as the weekend moves on, Cramer says to expect the snow to rapidly melt. As he explains, much of the recent cold weather this area has experienced will be replaced by desert air from Texas and New Mexico for the time being.

“It’s going to stick around for quite a while. As a matter of fact the National Weather Service is forecasting above average temperatures through most of next week,” he explains.

With a major weather pattern change on the way, Cramer reports temperatures have the potential to reach 60 degrees by the middle of next week.

For KSMU News, I’m Justin Lux.