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WEATHER ALERT DAY: Scattered strong storms possible through late evening

LATE FRIDAY UPDATE: SEVERE CLEAR!

A Tornado Watch is in effect until 11PM for most of Mid-Missouri excluding counties along Highway 65.

A powerful storm system is taking shape today bringing a whole host of possible impacts to Mid-Missouri. This strengthening area of low-pressure will eventually swing a cold front through the region later tonight.

Biggest risk for tornadoes tonight to our southeast

STORMS

This might be the biggest update in the last 12 hours with this system. Our frontal boundary appears to be coming in a few hours later than expected. We'll have a narrow window for severe storms between about 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. before the threat exits east of Mid-Missouri.

Latest Severe Weather Outlook from the Storm Prediction Center

The biggest threats with these storms if they do develop would be damaging straight-line winds and a tornado or two. Areas along and east of HWY 63 should stay weather alert through about 10:00 p.m.

A lot of wind energy with this system, making rotation easier to generate

WINDS

Winds, with or without thunderstorms, will be on the gusty side as this system moves through. Wind gusts pick up between 30-35 mph overnight into Saturday morning as the front passes through, giving us a blustery start to the weekend.

A loud night behind the front with gusts up to 35 mph

TEMPERATURES

Ahead of the front we have managed to reach the lower 60s, but we'll come crashing back down tonight between 9:00 PM and midnight as the front moves east. Many of us will go from the 60's into the 30's in a matter of 2 hours.

You will feel the front move through tonight

LATEST FUTURETRACK

HOW TO PREPARE

Have a way to receive weather alerts this evening, whether it's a NOAA weather radio or the ABC 17 Stormtrack Weather App if you're going to be on the go.

Kevin Schneider

Kevin Schneider gives the latest forecast each weekday morning on ABC 17 News.

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Chance Gotsch

Chance Gotsch grew up just south of St. Louis and moved to Columbia to attend the University of Missouri to pursue a degree in Atmospheric Sciences.

His interest in weather begin as a child when he used to be afraid of storms. Years later, he purchased a weather forecasting book and weather station at his elementary Scholastic Book Fair. After reading into the hows and whys of atmospheric science, he quickly became interested and gained his new passion.

Chance joined the ABC17 Stormtrack Weather Team in February of 2021. He is currently the weekend afternoon forecaster.

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Jessica Hafner

Jessica Hafner returned to ABC 17 News as chief meteorologist in 2019 after working here under Sharon Ray from 2014 to 2016.

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Nate Splater

Nate forecasts on the weekend edition of ABC 17 News This Morning on KMIZ and FOX 22, KQFX.

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