From staff reports
JOPLIN, Mo. —
Strong to severe thunderstorms will be possible over Southeast Kansas and Southwest Missouri tonight and Tuesday as a cold front moves across the region.
Damaging winds up to 60 mph will be the primary threat associated with the storms that develop after midnight. There is an isolated risk for a brief tornado.
Southerly wind gusts in advance of the front today could reach 35 mph.
On Tuesday, isolated storms could produce damaging wind gusts up to 60 mph and hail the size of quarters. An isolated tornado is possible.
The front will bring bitter cold to the region Thursday night and Friday morning. Wind-chill values will be in the single digits.
Andy Boxell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service forecast office in Springfield, said the storms could produce some much-needed rain for the region. It’s possible Joplin could receive up to an inch of rain. Some places two or more inches of rain will be possible.
“This could be a pretty good rainmaker,’’ Boxell said.
So far, Joplin has received 0.86 of an inch of precipitation in January. Average precipitation for January is 1.76 inches in all forms.
The heaviest rainfall should fall over southern and south-central parts of Missouri, including the Branson area.
Boxell said weather conditions tonight and Tuesday will not have the instability needed to fuel thunderstorms capable of producing tornados, but there is a slight chance.