The National Weather Service is warning that there is a slight risk for severe thunderstorms in much of Missouri today.
The weather service predicts rain and thunderstorms this morning will break up by the afternoon, but another round is expected to develop around 5 or 6 this evening in western Missouri and sweep northeast according to lead forecaster at St. Louis, Jim Sieveking.
“That’s when we could expect the potential for some severe thunderstorms with large hail, some damaging winds, and we can’t rule out maybe an isolated tornado,” Sieveking told Missourinet.
Areas said to be at a slight risk this evening include the Kansas City and St. Louis regions and southwest and south-central Missouri.
The first round of severe storms in a season often catches some people off guard, so Sieveking is reminding Missourians to pay attention.
“This afternoon into this evening just be aware of if there are any watches that are issued, severe thunderstorm or tornado watches that are issued, and then if a warning is issued for your area then take action,” said Sieveking. “Go to the lowest floor of your building. Even if it’s severe thunderstorm, large hail and damaging winds can blow out windows and so forth so I always encourage everybody to just go downstairs until the storm passes.”
Another slight risk of severe weather is predicted for tomorrow but is more limited to southern Missouri.
Sieveking says southern Missouri could also be at risk for flooding tomorrow.
“That front kind of lights up tomorrow and it looks like the thunderstorms might train across southeast Missouri so we could get some heavy rainfall down there. Looks like one to two inches of rain could happen,” said Sieveking. “Those areas saw a lot of snow and a lot of precipitation over the last couple of weeks.”