Update 2:11 p.m.:
A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect until 7 p.m.
Warm temperatures, gusty south winds and an approaching cold front will help fuel a line of thunderstorms later this afternoon and early this evening. Temperatures will easily be in the mid to upper 60s for highs today.
The Storm Prediction Center has areas east and south of St. Louis in a slight risk for severe thunderstorms later today. The main threat is damaging winds.
Outside of the thunderstorms, winds will be gusting between 40 and 50MPH, especially after the cold front passes late this afternoon through the evening hours. A wind advisory is in effect for the entire Newschannel 5 viewing area. Winds will gradually subside overnight to a brisk breeze as colder air slides in.
A flood watch continues for Greene, Macoupin and Montgomery counties in Illinois, where additional rainfall along with the residual moisture from melting snow may cause some localized flooding issues.
A gradual cooling trend will continue into the weekend with below normal temperatures returning by early next week. However, no major snow is in the forecast for the next several days!