A strong and gusty west wind is expected to continue today in the wake of a potent low pressure system traversing the Great Lakes region. Wind gusts as high as 40 mph can be expected during the late morning and early afternoon hours across northeast Missouri and west central Illinois. Winds will be stronger across Iowa as well as central and northern Illinois where wind advisories have been issued. The wind should quickly diminish late this afternoon. A weak area low pressure moving along the Gulf Coast is forecast to bring a chance for a rain/snow mix to the Missouri Ozarks and southern Illinois Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. No accumulations are expected at this time.   (Please visit http://weather.gov/lsx for more information.)