Heavy Rainfall And Flash Flooding Expected Wednesday Into Thursday

Published 04/17 2013 03:20AM

Updated 04/17 2013 05:08PM

The National Weather Service in Springfield has issued a Flash Flood Watch from Wednesday afternoon through late Thursday night for these counties in southwest Missouri:

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Another strong slow moving storm system will take aim at the region Wednesday into Thursday.  Showers and thunderstorms will be possible tonight across southeast Kansas into west central and central Missouri.

Additional thunderstorms will then develop by Wednesday afternoon and continue into Thursday night across the area. The main area of concern for flash flooding will be roughly north of a Cassville to Rolla line where the heaviest rainfall is expected and where the most rainfall occurred with last weeks system.

Strong to severe thunderstorms will be possible Wednesday into early Thursday.  Large hail and damaging wind gusts are expected with the stronger storms. A couple of tornadoes can not be ruled out.

Widespread rainfall amounts through Thursday will range from one to three inches. This will cause flooding and flash flooding of several streams across the region.

Periods of heavy rainfall across the same locations Wednesday through Thursday night. This heavy rainfall will fall on already saturated ground which will likely lead to flash flooding.

The several rounds of heavy rainfall will likely cause flash flooding to occur, especially along streams and rivers, low water crossings and other flood prone areas.

(National Weather Service, Springfield)

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