Another day of warmth Thursday, mixed in with humidity, instability, an approaching front and the jet stream, would contribute to steadily worsening weather. “By Thursday, it looks like all those ingredients come together. … You can really blow up some big storms.”
“No system could’ve handled Tuesday’s rain,” says Lance LaComb, spokesman for the Metropolitan Sewer District.
Ameren Missouri reports several blocks of downtown St. Louis were hit by a power outage this morning when heavy rainwater swamped an underground power station at 8th and Pine.
Travelers setting out for the holidays could face trouble, with anticipated Christmas Eve snow around the Great Lakes states and heavy rain expected along the East Coast.
The Mississippi River is flooding in several towns north of St. Louis as a result of recent rains, and the high water will apparently stick around for several days.
Gov. Jay Nixon today declared a state of emergency in Missouri in response to severe weather including heavy rain, hail, high winds, flooding and a tornado in University City.
The eastern part of the state will see the most rain. Carney said up to 4 inches of rain is possible Friday through Saturday night.
A storm system that buried parts of Wyoming and South Dakota in heavy, wet snow on Friday also brought powerful thunderstorms packing tornadoes to the Great Plains.
Another line of strong thunderstorms pushed thru the St Louis area Sunday evening-dumping large amounts of rain-prompting numerous flash flood watches and warnings.
The Missouri Agricultural Statistics Service says there were 1.4 days suitable for fieldwork, though farmers in the northern and central parts of the state had less than half a day.