The threat for severe thunderstorms increases across southwest Missouri Saturday afternoon through the evening hours.
The National Weather Service says the severe weather potential has been upped from a slight to an enhanced risk with increasing chances for damaging winds.
The enhanced risk area is along and south of a Pittsburg, Kansas to Springfield to Gainesville line.
Large hail to the size of golf balls will be possible in the more intense storms, especially with any supercells that develop.
Forecasters say damaging winds up to 70 miles per hour could end up being the biggest threat if storms develop into line segments. .
The tornado threat is low.
Frequent cloud to ground lightning is likely, and flash flooding will also be possible, mainly in isolated locations.
Those severe thunderstorms may develop as early as 2-3 p.m. across southeast Kansas and western Missouri and then move southeast through southern Missouri during the evening hours.
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