Severe Weather, Flash Flooding Threat In The Ozarks

The same storm system that spawned tornados in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas will be moving through the Ozarks tonight.

The National Weather Service in Springfield says starting tonight, showers and thunderstorms are likely to move into the area and stay throughout Saturday.

They’ve put McDonald, Newton, Barry, Stone, Lawrence, Taney, Christian and Greene County under a tornado watch until 3 a.m. Friday.

Meteorologist Doug Cramer says some of those storm cells could be severe.

“We’ll be monitoring for the risk of large hail, damaging winds and tornados across the Missouri Ozarks.”

But Cramer says the main threat could be flash flooding.

Areas to the north and west of Springfield are under a flash flood watch Thursday night through Saturday morning.

Cramer says soil conditions are very saturated and stream flows are very high so it won’t be hard for the Ozarks to start flooding when heavy rains come.

“It won’t take much water to get flooding going…especially if we start to see some training thunderstorms.”

 

The chance for heavy rain and flash flooding will last into Saturday.

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