We always need to be aware of the potential for severe weather in the tri-states, but that's especially true for this Wednesday. There's a strong possibility many parts of our area will experience some level of severe storms beginning in the morning hours.

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There are several forecasts from the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center and based on their Facebook update today, mid-morning into the afternoon hours will be the main window for high tornado and wind potential.

It's important to note that the areas to the south of our area are in the highest risk for severe storms. But, the NOAA Convective Outlook provides some harrowing possibilities from the midday update today:

Numerous severe thunderstorms appear likely across a large portion of the lower/mid Mississippi Valley into the Midwest, and lower Ohio Valley on Wednesday. Damaging winds, some of which could be significant, several tornadoes (some strong), and large to very large hail will likely occur.

It would be a very good idea to check the update storm forecast as soon as you wake up Wednesday to see what areas are most likely to be affected. It's possible the immediate threat for the tri-state area could be less or worse.

Make sure to follow the National Weather Service office out of St. Louis on Facebook for the most up-to-date forecasts and warnings.

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