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ST. LOUIS - Strong to severe storms have already left a coating of hail over many parts of the NewsChannel 5 viewing area and it's only the beginning of a prolonged period of potentially severe weather.

ALERTS: Check current warnings and watches

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There will be scattered showers and storms Thursday afternoon and evening, and there is a slight chance some may be severe with lightning, strong winds, heavy rain and hail possible. But after midnight and through the Thursday morning commute, we have a better chance of strong to severe storms and these may produce damaging winds, very large hail and there is a chance they could produce tornadoes.

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On Thursday morning, strong to severe storms could last into the noon hour before fading. Then we may see a brief period of calm before the next round of more storms arrive in the afternoon and evening and these may be the strongest we see with the ability to produce tornadoes and even long track tornadoes.

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FORECAST: Read the latest forecast

By the early hours of Friday, the storms should be moving out of the region and skies will slowly clear with highs in the low 50s.

Be sure to stay up-to-date on the latest weather information by downloading our First Alert Weather app through the iTunes or Google Play stores.

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