Graphic courtesy of National Weather Service Springfield, MO

Large Hail, Damaging Winds and Tornadoes Possible in the Ozarks Wednesday

We have the potential for two rounds of severe weather in Southwest Missouri on Wednesday, including one in the morning and then an afternoon/evening round.

The National Weather Service says all modes of severe weather are possible, with the greatest severe weather threat coming in the late afternoon and early evening.

The morning round Wednesday is generally between 4 a.m. and 11 a.m. and the afternoon/evening round is between noon and 9 p.m.

Large hail and damaging wind gusts are the main threats, but tornadoes are also possible.

Timing and other environment conditions will play a key role in determining the exact hazard types and severe potential.

The Springfield metro area and points along and north of I-44 are under a slight risk designation by the Storm Prediction Center, while areas south of the interstate and east of Highway 65 are in an enhanced risk, with a moderate risk in northern Arkansas.

In addition to severe weather, heavy rainfall could cause flooding, especially north of I-44.

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