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Flooding, Severe Weather Possible Overnight in the Ozarks

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Severe storms are possible overnight in the Ozarks. KSMU's Michele Skalicky talks with a National Weather Service meteorologist about what we can expect.

The Missouri Ozarks are under a flash flood watch this evening thru tomorrow morning. National Weather Service meteorologist Doug Kramer says we could get a significant amount of rain.

"The National Weather Service is currently monitoring a storm system that's brewing out to the west acquiring strength. It'll be approaching from the west tonight, and we feel those showers and thunderstorms will be erupting sometime this evening and continuing through much of the overnight period leading to one to two inches of rain."

Because of the possibility of flooding, Kramer says motorists need to be extra vigilant during the evening and overnight hours.

"Here in Southern Missouri we know it's very dangerous, and there are a lot of factors that contribute to that danger and the flash flooding mainly due to the rocky terrain and the hills and the low-water crossings, so most of the time when we have fatalities due to the flash flooding it's from people trying to cross those low-water crossings that are flooded and end up sweeping those vehicles away."

And flooding isn’t the only possible danger with the storms that will start moving in late today. Kramer says to be prepared for severe weather.

"Just about all modes of severe weather will be possible along and east of the Interstate 44 corridor. That includes large hail, damaging winds and the possibility of tornadoes as well."

The chance for rain continues throughout the day tomorrow, and we’ll have cooler temperatures...tomorrow’s high will be only in the low 50s.