March 2nd was a wild ride for many who experienced a taste of late Spring and then the heart of Winter in the same 24 hour period. Gusty south winds exceeding 40 mph at times brought unseasonably warm and moist conditions to the region on Sunday, with many areas seeing highs into the 70s. A powerful cold front swept through the region during the afternoon and early evening hours, sending temperatures tumbling over 20 degrees in 15 minutes, and that fall continued overnight. Shortly after daybreak Monday, most areas were back into the 20s!
This front also served as a focus for widespread rainfall across the region, initially led by scattered thunderstorms. Most areas received between three quarters and one inch of rain, with locally higher amounts along and south of a Kansas City to Boonville line. Precipitation even briefly changed over to light snow or sleet across far Northwest Missouri, with light accumulations. Rapid snowmelt from the warm weather, coupled with the moderate precipitation on Sunday, continued to lead to widespread minor to moderate river flooding across the region on Monday.
The graphics below depict the precipitation, high and low temperatures through Monday morning.
24 Hour Precipitation Ending 7 AM Monday
March 2nd High Temperatures
March 3rd Low Temperatures