COLUMBIA — Severe storms capable of producing heavy rain, large hail and damaging winds are possible across a swath of central Missouri on Monday afternoon and evening as a cold front moves across the area.
The National Weather Service office in St. Louis issued a hazardous weather outlook Monday afternoon that covered Boone County, 26 other counties in central, northeast and eastern Missouri and the city of St. Louis.
The weather service forecast for Columbia called for a 70 percent chance of thunderstorms Monday afternoon and an 80 percent chance Monday night. Storms are expected to give way to rain showers after 1 a.m. Tuesday.
Shortly before 5 p.m. Monday, weather service radar showed a large band of storms approaching Boone County from the northwest, and a severe thunderstorm warning was in effect for Polk County, north of Springfield.
The storm band extended southwest through Oklahoma and into central Texas.
Check back with the Missourian for word of any weather watches or warnings that occur.