SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The National Weather Service in Springfield says a new risk of severe weather moves into the Missouri and Arkansas Ozarks tonight and will continue through Saturday with storms and heavy rain expected.
A Flash Flood Watch has been issued for a wide area of Missouri from 7am Thursday through Saturday. These counties are covered by the watch:
Barry...Barton...Benton...Camden...Cedar...Christian...Dade... Dallas...Dent...Douglas...Greene...Hickory...Howell... Jasper...Laclede...Lawrence...Maries...Mcdonald...Miller... Morgan...Newton...Oregon...Ozark...Phelps...Polk...Pulaski...Shannon...St. Clair...Stone...Taney...Texas...Vernon... Webster and Wright.
A strong storm system will slowly move into the northern plains today and Friday. This system will send several disturbances into the Midwest today through Friday night and produce multiple rounds of showers and thunderstorms. The risk for flash flooding will be localized today and tonight.
A greater risk for flash flooding will exist Friday afternoon into Friday night as widespread heavy rainfall is expected across the entire outlook area. Storm total rainfall of 2 to 4 inches will be common across the area with localized higher amounts to around 6 inches possible.
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Lingering thunderstorms will be possible Thursday morning. These storms are not expected to be severe.
Counties impacted by this storm risk include: Benton-Morgan-Miller-Maries-Vernon-St. Clair-Hickory-Camden-Pulaski-Phelps-Barton-Cedar-Polk-Dallas-Laclede-Texas-Dent-Jasper-Dade-Greene-Webster-Wright-Newton-Lawrence-Christian-Douglas-Howell-Shannon-Mcdonald-Barry-Stone-Taney-Ozark-Oregon
Benton and Washington counties in Arkansas are under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until am Thursday.
Additional thunderstorms will approach from the west Thursday evening and night. A risk for severe weather exists with these storms Thursday evening and night. Large hail, Damaging wind gusts and a tornado or two will be possible.
Another round of storms will occur Friday night into Saturday. The flood risk will start to increase by Friday night and Saturday as storm total rainfall amounts could range from two to four inches.
South winds will gust to 30 mph at times Thursday and Friday across extreme southeastern Kansas and portions of southwestern Missouri.
(information provided by National Weather Service, Springfield)