Thunderstorms, high winds in the forecast

News-DemocratFebruary 20, 2014 

Morning commuters are facing wet roads Thursday morning as they head to work.

Thunderstorms, which at times have included heavy downpours, began to soak area roads at about 5:30 a.m. The National Weather Service predicts that they'll hang around until Thursday afternoon.

The high temperature Thursday is expected to reach 68 degrees, about 20 degrees higher than the average high for Feb. 20 in the St. Louis area. The mercury will drop to an overnight low of 31.

High winds are expected to move in Thursday afternoon as a cold front crashes into the mass of warm air over the region, fueling potentially damaging winds.

Gusts of up to 50 mph are expected to begin before the evening rush and last throughout the night. The metro-east will be on the edge of a potentially severe storm system to the southeast. The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory from noon Thursday until midnight.

On Friday skies will be sunny with a high temperature of 55 degrees. Friday night the low will be 34. A high of 52 under partly sunny skies is expected Saturday. The low Saturday night into Sunday morning will slip back below the freezing mark to 27.

Temperatures are expected to slip back to highs in the 30s next week.

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