A storm system will bring increasing thunderstorm chances as we head into the holiday weekend. The first chance comes Friday morning as a few showers and storms move in from western Missouri. These would be spotty and could produce hail. Heading into the afternoon, we are watching for possible storm development as a weak cold front settles over Mid-Missouri. Spotty storms could develop from mid-afternoon and continue into the evening. There is a marginal severe threat for Friday afternoon and evening as storms could produce isolated quarter size hail and strong wind gusts to 60 mph.
A stronger cold front will move through Saturday, giving us a better chance of more widespread storms. At this time it looks like this front will be over mid-Missouri during the afternoon, drifting south through the evening hours. The atmosphere is expected to be very unstable during this time with moderate amounts of wind shear which would cause storms to quickly strengthen. Areas north of I-70 are under a slight risk, while those south of I-70 are under an enhanced risk where all modes of severe weather will be possible from 2PM-9PM.
Those with outdoor plans for Friday or Saturday will want to monitor the latest weather conditions and have a way to get severe weather alerts. You can sign up for severe weather alerts through the Stormtrack Weather App and also see where storms are located, their tracks, what they contain and lightning strikes.