EARLY AFTERNOON UPDATE: Large hail up to golf ball size will be the biggest threat with severe thunderstorms expected Wednesday afternoon into early evening across the Ozarks, but isolated tornadoes are still possible.
Round one of showers and thunderstorms moved through southwest Missouri Wednesday morning, with heavy rain, thunder, lightning and hail reported.
The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Advisory for eastern Greene County and Webster County until 2 p.m. Wednesday.
Forecasters say minor flooding is ongoing in these areas, with already between 0.5 and 1 inch of rain having fallen by 10 a.m.
We’ve had reports of pea size hail in Fair Grove and Ava as the storms moved through in the 7 and 8 a.m. hours.
The Severe Thunderstorm Watch previously in effect for areas west of Springfield until 8 a.m. has been allowed to expire.
Severe storms capable of producing quarter size hail and 60 mile per hour winds moved along the I-49 corridor just before 6 a.m., with severe thunderstorm warnings for parts of Barton, Cedar, Newton and Jasper Counties.
We had reports of quarter size hail near Milford in Barton County and dime to penny size hail as those storms moved through Jasper County, but all of the severe thunderstorm warnings have expired.
A second round of severe weather is possible late Thursday afternoon and early evening, with all modes of severe storms possible, including up to golf ball size hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes.
The tornado threat will be greater south of Springfield along the Missouri-Arkansas border, and southeast of Springfield toward West Plains and into south central Missouri.
The National Weather Service says how much clearing we get behind the morning round of storms will help determine how bad the afternoon and evening round gets, with clearing leading to destabilization of the atmosphere.
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