Pyle advised that Arkansas residents need to "prepare for severe weather now", including having a safe place to go if a tornado warning is issued.
Warm and windy conditions continue across the Heartland this afternoon. By late Sunday, a strong cold front and very strong winds in the upper levels of the atmosphere will move across the eastern Carolinas.
Partly cloudy skies are forecast for Friday night with a low near 52 degrees.
During Severe Weather Awareness Week, residents are encouraged to review severe weather safety procedures. Saturday and Sunday we have combined rain totals of.1"-2.5" with coverage at 90% of the state. With the storms expected to occur during the overnight now would be a good time to make sure you have two ways to receive weather alerts. A mix of rain and snow will initially develop after midnight and into Saturday morning mainly for areas northwest of a Seneca to Manhattan line. It's not going to rain all day, but some strong to severe storms will be possible.
A bit chilly to start out our Thursday with temperatures for most in the mid to upper 50s, some of our northern counties actually dropping into the upper 40s. Strong north winds gusting to 50 miles per hour will create low visibility in the falling snow at times. The greatest risk for storms in the St. Louis area is between 7 p.m. Friday and 4 a.m. Saturday. Friday will be even warmer with highs in the low to mid 80s, and we'll see plenty of sun through the day. Strong to severe storms will be ongoing Friday night to our west and approach the area on Saturday.
NEXT WEEK: Most of the week looks dry, and Monday and Tuesday morning will be cold, with potential for lows in the 30s.
On Monday, temperatures will remain cool with occasional rain as another weather front arrives. Highs on Sunday will only be around the mid 60s.