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Science and the Environment

Severe Weather, Including Tornadoes, is a Possibility in the Ozarks Today

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Temperatures are going to drop tomorrow, but before that happens, parts of the Ozarks could see some severe weather later today and tonight.

"With this, we're expecting anywhere from large hail, damaging wind gusts, and even a possibility for a few isolated tornadoes," said Cory Rothstein, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Office in Springfield.

As the morning has progressed, the National Weather Service has moved the area at slight risk for severe weather further south.  Springfield is now at marginal risk while areas to the south and east have a slight risk for severe storms.

Rothstein said there’s also the potential for flooding, especially from the Springfield area, south to Branson and further east.

"As far as total accumulations, we're expecting anywhere from an additional half inch in portions of central and western Missouri all the way up to one to two inches in the Springfield area and areas to the east of that," he said.

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Map Showing Areas at Risk for Severe Weather

Areas further north—around Stockton—could get a glaze to 2/10 of an inch of ice accumulation.

Southern Missouri could see light freezing rain and freezing drizzle tomorrow, briefly changing to snow.

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