Heads up! The possibility of severe weather has increased across the Ozarks on Saturday. People who are planning on being outdoors (especially on the lakes), need to have a plan in place in case the weather suddenly takes a turn for the worse. Scattered storms are expected to start firing by mid-afternoon. Strong winds aloft and moderate instability will be sufficient for a few supercells that will be capable of large hail and damaging wind. Flash flooding will also be possible with the heaviest storms.
West Central, Central and East Central Missouri have the highest risk of severe weather, where the Storm Prediction Center has placed an enhanced risk. This area includes the Lake of the Ozarks, Lebanon, Jefferson City and St. Louis. However, a slight risk extends down to Branson, and also includes Springfield, Joplin, the Kansas City area and Miami, OK. Lots of people are hitting the lakes and area campgrounds this weekend, so please make sure to have a couple of ways to receive severe weather warnings. It's important to be prepared, because the way the weather has been acting lately, it makes it extremely difficult to predict. Although the tornado threat is low, it is not zero. As always, you can track severe weather as it happens on our website, at StormdarWeather.com.