Strong storms capable of damaging winds and 2-4 inches of rain this evening

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An active day of weather is expected with strong to severe thunderstorms arriving in the Tri-States by late afternoon and evening.

This morning, cloudy skies with some leftover rain from overnight storms will still be with us. On average, radar estimates about an inch of rain has already fallen. With the additional heavy rain with thunderstorms later today, flash flooding will be a concern and watches are now posted.

We will get a brief dry slot in midday but skies will remain cloudy and it will be windy. By mid to late afternoon, a few discrete cells may form, but we are expecting a line of storms to quickly intensify over northern Missouri and quickly move eastward through the Tri-States by 6-7 pm. The storms should be clear of the area after 10 pm and skies will clear overnight tonight.

Storms will be capable of all severe weather hazards, including tornadoes and large hail. However, damaging wind gusts in excess of 70 mph and flash flooding are the main risks. A MEDIUM risk of severe weather is in place for the entire area through this evening.

Forecast models indicate 2-3 inches of rain will be possible with tonight’s storms, with amounts locally nearing 4 inches. This will be in addition to the rain already picked up last night and early this morning.

Wednesday will be warm in the 80s for highs and remaining dry before a few thunderstorms develop overnight Wednesday into Thursday morning.

Additional thunderstorm chances are in the forecast for later this week and into the weekend, and a few of these storms could be strong to severe. Regardless of severity, there will be a lot of extra rain to deal with in the coming days, so continued river level rises are expected.

The latest track on upcoming storms into the Tri-States coming up on WGEM News at Noon.

Jeremy Ledford

Jeremy Ledford

Meteorologist Jeremy Ledford appears weekdays on WGEM News Today and WGEM News at Noon.

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