The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for areas along and south of I-44, including the city of Springfield, until 8 p.m. Friday.
Severe storms have moved through parts of Barry, Stone, Taney and Lawrence County late Friday afternoon, with 60 mile per hour winds and half dollar size hail possible.
The National Weather Service says our severe thunderstorm threat has increased across the Ozarks Friday afternoon and evening.
Storms should develop along or near the Missouri/Arkansas border around 2 to 3 p.m. Friday and quickly become severe as the threat moves north.
The main concern will be hail the size of ping pong balls and damaging winds of 60 miles per hour.
The greatest threat for severe storms will be along and south of I-44 and along and west of Highway 65, where an isolated tornado or two can’t be completely ruled out, but it’s not a main concern Friday afternoon.
More storms will track across the southern Ozarks Friday night and may also be severe.