From staff reports
JOPLIN, Mo. —
The Joplin area this afternoon could experience possible severe thunderstorms capable of producing hail, damaging wind gusts and a tornado, according to the National Weather Service forecast office at Springfield.
Isolated to scattered thunderstorms will be possible through the day, but severe weather is not expected.
The storms will intensify in late afternoon as a warm front “with deep gulf moisture’’ surges north across southern Missouri and an upper-level disturbance with cooler air moves to the east.
Doug Cramer, a meteorologist with the NWS office, in a taped recording, said the clashing air masses could produce “a tornado or two’’ after 4 p.m. today in Southwest Kansas, Southwest Missouri and Northeast Oklahoma.
The stormy weather should be out of the area by midnight.