ST. LOUIS — Rain and thunderstorms continue to spread across the region through the overnight hours into Saturday morning. Some of the storms produced hail, possibly up to the size of quarters, from parts of the Ozarks into Gasconade, Franklin and Jefferson counties in Missouri. 

Hail to the size of nickles was reported by storm spotters in Barnhart and Hillsboro Missouri. The storms weakened as they moved across the Mississippi River into Illinois.

Some stronger storms may still move through the region in the early morning hours Saturday.

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 The threats include small hail, downpours and cloud to ground lightning. In general, severe weather is not expected.

Most of the widespread rain pushes east of St. Louis during the morning Saturday with just a slim chance of scattered showers and storms later in the day.

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Saturday will be much warmer with highs in the upper 50s to lower 60s and just a chance of scattered showers and a few storms during the day into the afternoon. Stronger storms are more likely across southeast Missouri and far southern Illinois. 

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Much cooler air will spread into the area late Saturday night into Sunday. More wind can be expected with gusts above 40 m.p.h. possibly by Sunday morning.

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