Graphic courtesy of National Weather Service Springfield, MO

UPDATE: Tornado Watch Until 10 PM Wednesday

Two rounds of thunderstorms are expected in the Ozarks Wednesday, with severe weather likely.

UPDATE: The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch until 10 PM for counties south of Interstate 44 in the KWTO listening area.

Much of southwest Missouri is under a level three “enhanced risk” for severe thunderstorms.

The first round of storms, moving from west to east in the morning hours, poses a large hail and damaging wind threat across the area.

Late afternoon and evening storms will affect areas primarily along and south of I-44. This round could be the most severe, with hail up to the size of ping pong balls, damaging wind gusts up to 70 miles per hour, and tornadoes.

The National Weather Service says chances for tornadoes are increasing for the late afternoon and evening hours, with a couple of strong tornadoes possible.

Remain weather aware and have multiple ways to receive warnings.

We’ll have all the watches and warnings, along with damage reports as they come in to the National Weather Service on 93-3 and A-M 560 KWTO.