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First Alert Forecast
***Severe Storms are Likely Saturday Afternoon-Evening***
Friday evening conditions will remain partly to mostly cloudy with only an isolated shower possible as a cold front moves through the state, most will stay dry. Overnight lows will fall into the lower 60s.
A lifting warm front will be a major player for Saturday’s weather. In the morning, clouds will stick around but slowly clear as this front lifts north out of the Ozarks and moves into south-central Missouri, south of I-70. Placement of this front will be key for locating the extent of stronger storms into northern Missouri.
Sunshine will begin to develop in the early afternoon south of I-70 and should destabilize the atmosphere for the onset showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Quick intensification of these storms can be expected.
All modes of severe weather will be possible in Missouri Saturday with our main threat being very large hail (baseball size), damaging winds (80 mph) and frequent lightning. Tornadoes will also be possible in a few thunderstorms. The highest tornado risk will be along the warm front draped across US HWY 50 to I-70 in south-central Missouri (but again, this placement could change) and ahead of a passing cold front in western Missouri. This tornado threat is likely to diminish after dusk, becoming mainly a damaging wind threat overnight as the system moves through the area.
Cooler and drier weather will move in to central Missouri on Sunday providing sunshine and mild temps in the middle 70s. These conditions will continue into Monday for Memorial Day with sunshine and highs in the upper 70s. However, Memorial Day looks windy with gusts 30+ mph.
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