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.”
Severe weather predicted Wednesday and Wednesday night
A cold front approaching Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri is expected to bring hail, strong winds and the possibility of tornadoes to the region less than a week after meteorologists reported no tornadoes in the United States thus far in March.
Forecasters at NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center in Norman say cool, stable air this winter could explain the lack of twisters.
Ameren crews are making slow but steady progress on power outages in the area.
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.
It would be helpful to have a long-range forecast like we do with hurricanes and snowstorms, but the local National Weather Service office says they simply don’t have that capability at this time.
The most powerful twister this year carved an 80-mile path of destruction through suburbs north of the state capital, killing at least 16 people.
The National Weather Service says more storms, including hail and damaging winds, are possible Monday for portions of Illinois.
One person died, but it was not clear whether the death was related to the storm.