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Tracking strong storms tonight, much cooler air this week

TONIGHT: Showers and storms likely with a isolated damaging winds and hail possible. Heavy rain between 0.5" to 1" is likely. Lows in the upper 50s to around 60.

TOMORROW: Clouds stick around through much of the day with a strong north breeze and gusts up to 25 mph. Highs near 70 degrees.

EXTENDED: I am tracking a strong cold front that will pull in cooler air from the northwest and finally give us that fall feel, but before that we'll have to contend with some strong storms this evening. A broken line of showers and thunderstorms has started to take shape across far northwestern Missouri and western Iowa and will continue to fill in through the evening as the boundary moves east. The highest potential for severe storms will be west of Highway 63 given the time frame as we lose daylight. The line of storms will approach our far northwestern counties by around 7 p.m., and continue to fill in and move east through the rest of the night/early Tuesday AM hours. Columbia and Jefferson City will likely see storms between 9:00 to 11:00 p.m., with storms and lingering rain exiting near I-44 by around sunrise. The main concern will be winds between 50-60 mph and 1/2" to 1" hail. Rain amounts will range from 0.5" to about 1" in most areas through Tuesday morning.

Behind the front on Tuesday, clouds will be stubborn to clear, but we'll be about 20 degrees cooler during the day as highs only make it to about 70 after falling into the upper 50s tonight. Tuesday and Wednesday will be breezy with strong north winds gusting between 20-25 mph. Might be time to grab a jacket out the door! Temperatures remain in the mid-70s through mid-week, then hover right around 80 for Friday-Sunday. Rain chances are looking slim to none for the rest of the week after tonight so we can enjoy some cool nights in the upper 40s and low 50s and some nice days ahead.

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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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