Hail, damaging winds to accompany tonight's thunderstorms

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Rain today made for a less than perfect Palm Sunday, but it has slowed the development of severe storms. We're not out of the weather woods yet though, so stay alert; A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect until midnight for Franklin, Warren, Lincoln, Montgomery, Gasconade, Crawford, Dent and Phelps counties.

Storms are likely across all of the Newschannel 5 viewing area tonight. The biggest threat is the potential for large hail and damaging winds but frequent lightning and heavy rain will accompany these storms as well. An area of rain with some storms arrives first followed by a stronger line of storms and it all will take until 3 to 4 a.m. to wash through.

After the storms leave, the big chill arrives.

Sunrise temperatures should be in the mid 40s but by mid afternoon we'll be looking at 30s and all day winds will push out on the northwest at 15 to 30 miles per hour.

Tuesday morning look for very cold temperatures near or below 30 which is why patchy frost is likely. Later in the day with clear skies we'll have highs near 50.


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