Graphic courtesy of National Weather Service Springfield, MO

Severe Weather Threat in the Ozarks Continues Friday Evening

An intense complex of thunderstorms entered Missouri from the north early Friday afternoon, and continued to push south toward the Ozarks.

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for all of southwest Missouri through 10 p.m.

The National Weather Service says damaging wind gusts of more than 70 miles per hour and large hail are possible, along with intense rain.

The tornado risk is believed to be very low with this weather system.

The Storm Prediction Center has upgraded the far western Ozarks into a “slight risk” area, with the Springfield metro area under a “marginal risk’ for severe storms.

The storms should push through the Nevada, Warsaw and Lake of the Ozarks area between 5-7 p.m. Friday, then moving through the Joplin, Springfield, Ozark and Houston, Missouri areas between 6-9 p.m.

The storms will then track closer to the Missouri/Arkansas border from 7-10 p.m.

If the storms move slowly over any particular areas, then rapid rises in small streams and creeks will be possible.

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