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The National Weather Service has put southern Missouri, including the city of Springfield, in an area of enhanced risk for severe weather today.

According to the weather service, supercell thunderstorms will be possible this afternoon and evening. 

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It may be spring on the calendar, but it won't feel  like it outdoors tonight.  Temperatures will drop into the upper teens to low 20's:  21 is the expected low in Springfield. 

National Weather Service meteorologist, Eric Wise, said the cause is a Canadian air mass that will dip into Missouri.

The cold temperatures will take a toll on plants.  "Any vegetation, especially that's already blooming and sensitive to early spring freezes, will likely be damaged or killed with these temperatures tonight," Wise said.

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The Springfield area started out at 66 degrees Tuesday morning, but by late afternoon, temperatures will be in the low 40's.  

A flood watch is in effect through late tonight, and some areas, including Springfield, are under a winter weather advisory from 6 tonight until 10 tomorrow morning.

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Southern and Central Missouri are under a winter weather advisory this afternoon through tomorrow morning. 

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Temperatures are close to 60 in the Springfield area this morning, but as the day goes on, they'll drop.

"It's been going 20 to 25 degrees drop in less than an hour," said Steve Lindenberg, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Springfield.  While they’re not expecting much precipitation today, he said, roads could be slick.

"We could see flash freezing of any moisture that's on the ground right already as temperatures drop quickly below freezing," he said, "so that could create slick spots."

We could see freezing drizzle as well, he added.