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Isolated strong storms possible Tuesday afternoon

The window of opportunity for a strong storm is narrow

ST. LOUIS — An energetic storm system will track across the region Tuesday bringing areas of showers and thunderstorms. With all the wind and energy available for this system to work with, a few strong to severe storms will be possible during the afternoon and early evening mostly between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. in our area if the ingredients are able to come together. 

The first wave of widespread showers passed through the St. Louis area during the morning. We are still waiting to see how unstable the air can become ahead of the upper-level features that could drive severe weather. Indications are it will be a very narrow time frame for any strong storms to develop.

The air is not especially unstable Tuesday afternoon, but the winds aloft are quite strong and may compensate some for the lack of heating. Scattered showers and thunderstorms continue to develop into the early evening as the upper-level disturbance slides through. 

Latest High-Resolution Forecast:

The Storm Prediction Center has highlighted an area, roughly north and west of St. Louis for the potential of a few strong to severe storms.

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Gusty winds, some hail and perhaps an isolated tornado are possible if the ingredients come together during the afternoon and early evening.

Any threat for severe weather will diminish after the sun sets Tuesday evening, and Wednesday will be a quiet weather day in the metro area.

Another storm system will move in with more rain chances by Thursday.

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