Temperatures may reach lower 20s this afternoon

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Temperatures will climb into the upper teens to lower 20s this afternoon, ending the main blast of arctic air the region has been under the last few days, according to the National Weather Service.

Temperatures will remain 15 to 20 degrees below normal through the end of the work week with highs in the lower 20s and lows in the single digit to teens, with Thursday morning being the coldest this week, the weather service said.

Wind chill values will drop below minus 15 degrees over central and northeast Missouri tonight, resulting in a wind chill advisory going into effect from 9 p.m. tonight through noon Thursday, according to the weather service.

Above freezing temperatures are expected to return this weekend along with some possibility of precipitation Sunday into Monday morning, the weather service said. The majority of the precipitation will be rain, heavy at times possibly.

Today, it will be sunny with a high near 24 and a north northwest wind of 7 to 11 mph, the weather service said.

Tonight, it will be mostly clear with a low of 3, and a wind chill between minus 4 and 1, according to the weather service. A north wind will be around 6 mph.

Thursday, it will be mostly sunny with a high near 20, and a wind chill between minus 3 and 7, the weather service said. There will be a light north wind.

Thursday night, the low will be around 9 with a light east northeast wind, according to the weather service.

Friday, it will be mostly sunny with a high near 29, the weather service said, and an east southeast wind of 3 to 5 mph.

Friday night, the low will be around 12 with partly cloudy skies, according to the weather service.

Saturday, it will be mostly sunny with a high near 38, the weather service said.

Saturday night, there is a 40 percent chance of rain after midnight, with a low around 34, according to the weather service.

Sunday, there is a 60 percent chance of rain with a high near 45, the weather service said.

Sunday night, there is a 40 percent chance of rain before 11 p.m., then a chance of snow between 11 p.m. and midnight, according to the weather service. The low will be around 25.

Monday, the high will be near 40 with mostly sunny skies, the weather service said.

Monday night, the low will be around 21 with partly cloudy skies, according to the weather service.

Tuesday, it will be mostly sunny with a high near 34, the weather service said.

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