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Severe Weather Possible Today

Gordan Wrigley

The National Weather Service has put southern Missouri, including the city of Springfield, in an area of enhanced risk for severe weather today.

According to the weather service, supercell thunderstorms will be possible this afternoon and evening. 

"This afternoon we're still expecting the potential for some isolated to scattered severe thunderstorms," said National Weather Service meteorologist, Jeff Raberding, "most likely beginning in eastern Kansas around 3 to 4 o'clock and kind of pushing into western  Missouri and then across the Ozarks through the evening hours."  

He said all modes of severe weather will be possible.  That includes hail up to the size of baseballs, winds up to 70 miles per hour and isolated tornadoes.

The main window for severe weather, say forecasters, will be from 3 to 10 p.m.

The highest probability for large hail and isolated tornadoes will be along and west of Highway 65.

Temperatures will be cooler this weekend with highs in the 50's Saturday, and "by Sunday, it looks like we'll probably struggle to be out of the low to mid 40's for high temperatures," said Raberding.