A warm front moved through early this morning allowing very mild air to spill into the tri-state from the south. Highs reached the lower 60s in many areas thanks to the southerly winds. Those winds also carried a lot of moisture into the area, with widespread showers and isolated thunderstorms breaking out this afternoon. Heavy rainfall will continue to be a threat this evening.
This map shows the locations of all of the weather features with yellow arrow representing the warm and moist air being transported from the south. The red circle indicates where severe weather is most likely this evening, generally over Arkansas and points just east.
Wind gusts of over 50 mph were common with a very tight pressure gradient in place. Expect winds to subside a bit overnight, but northwesterly winds behind the cold front... which will move through just after midnight, will create breezy and much colder conditions into Tuesday.