Slight chance for severe storms today

Slight chance of severe storms. (National Weather Service graphic)

Showers and scattered thunderstorms are possible after 4 p.m. Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

There is a 60 percent chance of rain. The chance of severe storms is slight. While shear is very weak, strong instability will develop over the area during the heat of the day, and with plenty of moisture in place, there is the potential for large hail and damaging winds with stronger storms, the weather service said.

Today’s temperatures should reach a high near 84. The south wind will be 9 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph.

The weather service said there is a chance a few isolated storms could become severe with large hail and damaging winds the main threat, north of a Kirksville, Mo., to Kansas City line.

Tonight, the chance of showers and thunderstorms continues, mainly before 10 p.m. The area could receive between a quarter and half-inch of rain.

Hail and wind threat. (National Weather Service graphic)

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