Excessive heat and spotty strong storms anticipated Thursday

Jun. 13—3:20 p.m. — A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for all of Northwest Missouri and Northeast Kansas, including Buchanan county, through 10 p.m. tonight. Scattered strong to severe thunderstorms capable of producing damaging winds and large hail are anticipated to develop over the coming hours.


Excessive heat and humidity is forecast across Northwest Missouri and Northeast Kansas this afternoon, with scattered strong storms possible this evening.

A Heat Advisory is in effect for the mid-Missouri River valley including the St. Joseph area from 1 to 8 p.m. today. High temperatures are forecast to reach the mid to upper 90s, with triple-digit heat indices through the period. To avoid heat-related illness, be sure to drink plenty of fluids, have access to an air-conditioned space, stay out of the sun and check up on relatives and neighbors.

In addition to the heat, strong storms also will be possible this evening.

The Storm Prediction Center has outlined a level 3 (of 5) severe threat across a large swath of northern Missouri, as isolated to scattered strong storms capable of producing large hail, damaging winds and an isolated tornado or two will be possible after 5 p.m. Any severe threat is forecast to diminish locally after 9 p.m.

Be sure to have a way to receive alerts and warnings as they are issued through the evening hours. Tune in to News-Press NOW this evening and check back at newspressnow.com for weather updates.

Jared Shelton can be reached at jared.shelton@newspressnow.com.