A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for the entire KTTS listening area — including the Springfield metro area — through 8 o’clock Thursday night.
Thunderstorms producing large hail, damaging winds, even isolated tornadoes are possible in the Ozarks.
The National Weather Service says strong to severe storms are expected along and ahead of a cold front.
The overall best chances for stronger storms will be from noon to midnight area-wide, with the best chance of severe weather in the Springfield Metro area late Thursday afternoon through early evening.
Forecasters say large hail, damaging winds, even isolated tornadoes will be possible.
Heavy rain will also be a concern, with a Flash Flood Watch posted for areas along and west of Highway 65 through Thursday evening.
Training thunderstorms with heavy rain may lead to flash flooding, with rainfall amounts of two to three inches possible.
There is the potential for isolated amounts of more than four inches.