A Tornado Watch remains in effect as a strong storm system moves into the area tonight.
Update: 7:00 PM
Showers and thunderstorms will continue to develop across the area as a strong cold front approaches from the West tonight. The Storm Prediction Center has updated their outlook this evening and keeps Western Kentucky and NW Tennessee in the Slight Risk for damaging winds and isolated tornadoes. The cold front responsible for these storms will pass through the area overnight brining an end to the severe weather threat by Saturday morning.
6 deaths have been blamed on this storm system thus far as it ripped through Arkansas and Missouri today.
Update: 5:00 PM
Severe storms have become less numerous as of the 5 o'clock hour but the Tornado Watch issued earlier this afternoon remains in effect until 7pm. While the number of storms has decreased, we do anticipate further development as the main storm system moves closer to the area later this evening and tonight.
Update: 12:35 PM
A Tornado Watch continues from the oulined graphic below. The line of severe storms moving through MO/IL/AR this hour is out ahead of the cold front. This means that we may see a couple of rounds of strong to severe storms this afternoon into the dark hours of this evening. Several deaths have already been reported as tornadoes have touched down this morning and early afternoon. Please take a few minutes to review severe weather/tornado safetly and stay tuned to Local 6 for the latest severe weather coverage.
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Update: 12:20 PM
A Tornado Watch is now in effect until 7PM for all of Southern IL... all of Southeast MO....in Western KY, the counties of Ballard, Carlisle, Fulton, Hickman, & McCracken....and in Northwest TN, the counties of Dyer, Lake, & Obion.
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SPC Convective Outlook (as of 7AM)
This system is already firing up severe weather over western and central MO this morning, with a Tornado Watch in effect until 3PM, as seen below. The watch includes Madison Co., MO in the Local 6 viewing area.
As the cold front moves across the region, an organized band of showers and storms should arrive in SEMO by mid/late afternoon, the cross east of the Mississippi River into IL/KY/TN by early evening, and head east of the LBL region by late tonight. With very strong winds associated with this storm system a bit higher in the atmosphere, the main concern with any storms that develop would be damaging wind gusts......however, a tornado cannot be ruled out. The timing of this system is also cause for concern, as many people will be heading out for their New Year's plans as these storms arrive, so be sure to check Ultimate Doppler 6 Live Radar before you head out.
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