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Tornado Watch issued for parts of Mid-Missouri Wednesday

A Tornado Watch has been issued for parts of Mid-Missouri until 8:00 p.m. Wednesday night. Counties in the watch include Audrain, Callaway, Monroe, Osage, Gasconade, and Montgomery.

Very warm, unstable air continues to work its way back into Mid-Missouri after an initial round of rain this morning.

Due to this clearing, scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected to develop out ahead of a cold front over the next few hours.

Some of these storms could be strong to severe due to the ample amount of wind shear also over the area.

Storms are expected to develop along the Highway 63 corridor between now and 3PM, and track quickly to the east.

There is a marginal risk for strong to severe storms for much of Mid-Missouri, with a slight risk for severe storms east of Highway 63, including Callaway, Audrain, Monroe, Osage, Gasconade, and Montgomery.

Most of the storms will be east of our area by 4:00 p.m.

The main threats will be damaging straight line winds in excess of 60 mph with a lower large hail threat. An isolated tornado can’t be ruled out.

Flooding will not be a concern on Wednesday as storms are not expected to train or linger over any specific area. Rainfall amounts of a tenth to quarter inch are expected west of HWY 63 with a quarter to half inch east.

Stay with ABC 17 Stormtrack weather for the latest timing and threat updates for Wednesday. You can get live tracking, live radar, and Futuretrack on our new ABC 17 Stormtrack weather app, which is available for download for free in the Apple store and Google Play.

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