The National Weather Service is warning Missourians of the possibility of severe thunderstorms this afternoon and evening. Storms happening this morning could present some severe activity, but the greater threat is later in the day.

The St. Louis NWS office's severe weather outlook for today and tomorrow.

The St. Louis NWS office’s severe weather outlook for today and tomorrow.

The Weather Service says large hail and damaging winds are likely and tornadoes are possible. A tornado watch is now in effect for 71 Missouri counties and the City of St. Louis until 10 p.m. A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect until 5 p.m. for 32 counties across northern Missouri.

Flooding is also a threat with this system, with forecasted rainfall totals as high as more than four inches in north-central Missouri through the Kansas City area. The heavy rainfall will be falling on already saturated ground, increasing the threat for flooding. Flood watches and warnings extend through most of the state except southeast Missouri.

Another round of severe weather is possible late tonight and Thursday morning.

For information for your area, visit these NWS pages.

In northwest and western Missouri:  Kansas City (Pleasant Hill)

In northeast and eastern Missouri:  St. Louis

In southwest Missouri:  Springfield

In southeast Missouri:  Paducah, KY

Scotland and Clark counties:  Davenport, IA