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Severe Weather Threatens the Ozarks


Meteorologists are watching three rounds of storms closely as they take shape and head toward the Ozarks. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

Shelton: There's the possibility of heavy rain and strong storms across the Ozarks tonight and tomorrow. Kelsey Angle is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Springfield.

Angle: We're looking at 3 rounds of precipitation to affect the Ozarks. The first one will move into tonight. Limited severe weather is expected. Then late tonight, into early tomorrow morning, we expect another round of storm and with that the potential will be increased for severe weather: flash flooding, the possibility for some large hail and isolated tornadoes. Depending on what happens with that second round tomorrow morning into tomorrow afternoon...if we start to see some sunshine develop across the Ozarks, the atmosphere is likely to destabilize once again with the potential for a third round of thunder storms to develop. Those storms, if they should develop will most likely become severe with the possibility of tornadoes.

Shelton: Angle says the second and third rounds of storms will cause the most concern. Also, there's the possibility of flash flooding...most of the KSMU listening area is under a flash flood watch tonight into tomorrow, with 2 to 4 inches of rain and locally higher amounts possible.