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Weather Alert Day: Strong to severe storms bring hail and wind tonight

The ABC 17 StormTrack Weather Team has issued a Weather Alert Day for Saturday’s Severe Storm Risk

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for almost all of Mid-Missouri until 11:00 PM.

SYNOPSIS: A cold front approaching from the north will trigger off isolated to scattered thunderstorms with strong updrafts through early-mid evening. Some storms will have the potential of hail up to the size of golf balls and wind gusts up to 60 mph .

TIMING: Isolated storms have developed and will continue to fill in along a cold front draped across northwest Missouri and southern Iowa. The severe threat will move from north to south with the front, and we will be severe clear before midnight as storms diminish.

IMPACTS: With ample cool air aloft, storms will have little trouble firing off, coupled by steep mid-level lapse rates (rapid cooling with height) hail generation (golf ball size or larger) will be the main threat we will track into tomorrow evening. Some damaging wind gusts between 60 -70 mph are possible. The tornado threat is very low since we’ll be lacking the low-level spin needed.

If you plan to be outdoors this afternoon and evening, a great way to get alerts straight to your mobile device is by downloading the ABC 17 StormTrack Weather App. It will give you the latest watches, warnings and is even smart enough to tell you if rain is on the way, or if lightning has been detected within 15 miles of your location.

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