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Storms, Some Possibly Severe, Expected To Move Into The Ozarks Today

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Severe thunderstorms are possible Thursday in southern Missouri, mainly after noon.  

"If enough instability can be generated, we're looking at potentially strong wind gusts and large hail with these and can't rule out a tornado," said Jeff Raberding, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Office in Springfield.  "Although that risk is fairly low, it's not zero." 

He said the atmosphere is very moist, and some parts of the Ozarks could see heavy rainfall today.

"You could see, locally, two to four inches.  Right now, it looks like it would be, say, along I-44 and north of there, but, really, any of these storms that do develop will have the potential to put down some very heavy rainfall," said Raberding.  "And, if you do get storms tracking over the same area, that's when your flooding potential will increase."

The storms are expected to continue into the evening, and then we’ll have cooler temperatures.  Lows Thursday night will be in the mid 50s.  Highs Friday and Saturday will be in the mid to upper 60s with highs in the low 70s on Sunday and Memorial Day.

Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference. Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.