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St. Louis in bull’s-eye of severe weather threat from Midwest to Texas Thursday

ST. LOUIS – As one storm system leaves the country, another is hot on its heels Thursday and expected to unleash storms across a 1,000-mile stretch of the country.

NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center (SPC) highlighted an increased threat of storms in states ranging from the U.S.-Mexico border to the Ohio Valley, parts of Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee being most at risk.

Unlike previous events this week, where all types of severe weather were likely, the FOX Forecast Center warns that hail, damaging winds and flooding will be the main threats on Thursday. However, a few tornadoes are not ruled out in the Level 3 risk area, shaded in darkest red on the map below.

“The very likely area includes St. Louis to areas of northern Tennessee and parts of western Kentucky,” FOX meteorologist Steve Bender said. “So, Paducah, again, with that very likely threat potential.”


A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for parts of central and southern Illinois, far southeastern Kansas, and central and southern Missouri, including St. Louis and Springfield, through to 8 p.m. CDT.

Additionally, severe thunderstorm watches were issued for eastern Oklahoma, western Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas until after sunset.

The slow-moving nature of the cold front and recent heavy rains over the Ohio Valley will bring a risk of flooding, particularly on its northern and southern reaches.

Computer forecast models show up to 2 to 3 inches of rain will fall in Texas through the end of the week.

Farther north, precipitation amounts are not expected to be significant, but many rivers and streams in the Ohio Valley are near capacity.

Some towns along the Ohio River flooded twice in two weeks, in part due to unstable weather conditions. Communities like Pittsburgh are on track to experience their wettest April on record.


FOX Weather Storm Tracker Captures Video of Illinois Tornado

Video from Greenfield, Illinois, appeared to show at least one tornado passing through rural farmland between St. Louis, Missouri, and Springfield, Illinois.

The National Weather Service office that covers the area issued a tornado warning after the sighting and said the storm was moving east at 30 mph.

Given the rural nature of Green County, few if any structures were in the immediate path of the supercell.

The sighting was the only tornado confirmed Thursday, with most of the damage reported due to high winds or hail in Missouri and Illinois.

Cooling air mass behind the cold front

The cold front will help bring in unseasonably cold air for mid-April, which may feel cold to some.

Where temperatures have recently reached the 70s and 80s in the Plains, temperatures will struggle to reach the 60s.

Chicago will be one of several cities experiencing cold weather, with high temperatures through the weekend expected to be 5 to 10 degrees below average.

By next week, cooler, drier air is expected to reach the Interstate 10 corridor along the Gulf Coast, where New Orleans could see a few days with highs in the lower 70s.

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