From staff reports
JOPLIN, Mo. —
The possibility of severe weather is forecast for Saturday night for the Joplin area, according to the National Weather Service forecast office in Springfield.
Doug Cramer, a meteorologist with the Springfield office, in an online briefing Thursday said the greatest risk for severe weather will be Saturday night, when “an intense storm system from the West” will move into the Joplin area. The widespread development of thunderstorms will be possible.
Cramer said the storms will be capable of producing wind gusts of up to 75 mph. The storm front will be preceded by gusty and southerly winds of 20 to 25 mph for most of the day Saturday.
Cramer described the storm system as large and intense. It will interact “with copious amounts of Gulf moisture” that could produce isolated heavy rain near Joplin. A half-inch to an inch of rain could fall in some areas.
As the system arrives in the area, it will produce a squall line that will move rather quickly across the region. Cramer said that because of a strong wind sheer, forecasters cannot rule out the possibility of a tornado or two associated with the squall line.
Keith Stammer, director of Joplin-Jasper County Emergency Management, said local residents should monitor their weather information sources as the storms develop on Saturday.