Tornado watch issued until 10 PM

A powerful storm system, moving through the Rockies into the Upper Midwest, is creating blizzard conditions across Colorado, Nebraska, Iowa, and Minnesota, while on the system’s south (or “warm”) side, severe weather is a concern heading into the evening hours of Wednesday and the early morning hours of Thursday.

With low pressure bearing down on the Iowa-Missouri border, the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill has issued a tornado watch until 10 o’clock tonight (Wednesday night), for MOST of northern and northwestern Missouri.  

The area in PURPLE represents the area of the tornado watch: (west of U.S. Highway 63, north of a line from Atchison, Kansas to Marshall, Missouri)

tornado watch

Missouri counties in the tornado watch are: Andrew, Atchison, Buchanan, Caldwell, Clinton, Daviess, DeKalb, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Holt, Linn, Livingston, Mercer, Nodaway, Putnam, Sullivan, and Worth.

Remember, a tornado watch means that conditions are favorable for the formation of thunderstorms, come of which could become severe and exhibit rotation, and potential tornadoes.  If rotation, a funnel cloud, or a tornado is spotted, at that point, a tornado warning would be issued.  Stay tuned to KTTN FM 92.3 and Hot Country Z 101.7 for the potential of “weather break-ins and updates” tonight.

Difference between a tornado watch versus warning

Here is the latest from the National Weather Service on the potential of severe storms and possible tornadoes tonight:

SPC has expanded the Slight Risk for severe weather to include the entire forecast area. Storm chances are for this afternoon into this evening.  The primary hazard for any strong or severe storm that develops will be strong to damaging winds, although could see some hail with some of these storms. A tornadic threat exists for northwest Missouri, primarily along & north of the US Hwy 36 corridor.