The next storm system is forecast to take a similar path on Friday as Wednesday's storms and has the potential for even more damage. Both the Midwest and South will be "right in the bull's eye."
Death tolls continue to rise as a result of yesterday's intense storms. Similar though potentially more dangerous weather is expected for Friday.
The deadly tornadoes damaged towns in seven states, including Branson, Mo., a popular tourist spot. More severe weather is expected for the same area Friday.
Missouri's peak tornado season usually starts in mid-March and continues to late June. The Missourian wants to hear about how you are preparing for the upcoming tornado season in Missouri.
After last night's apparent tornado, more than 6,300 people have "liked" a Facebook page created to help spread information about a tornado situation in the city.
Damage includes roofs being torn off, downed power lines and damage to windows and neon signs on the strip.
Three people have died in Missouri, and another 10 died in southern Illinois.
An apparent tornado left a trail of destruction in the tourist hub of Branson, where the storm seemed to have hopscotched up Highway 76, scattering the area with debris, uprooting road signs and heavily damaging buildings in the city's famous theater district.
At least 6 people were killed in Harrisburg, Ill., and three others were killed in separate southwest Missouri towns. In the tourist city of Branson, 30 people were reported hurt, and hotels and famed music theaters were damaged. At least three people were critically injured in Harveyville, Kan.
In response to the May 2011 tornado in Joplin, local weather officials are stressing awareness, escape routes and safety zones in this year's storm-spotter safety classes.
Friends and families enjoy the warmer-than-usual weather in Rocheport on Sunday.
"It's Your Fault," being held Saturday, will commemorate the 200th anniversary of the monumental earthquakes that occurred in Missouri's New Madrid Seismic Zones. Experts predict that earthquakes of similar magnitude are likely in the future.
By midday, 1 to 3 inches of snow had fallen in western and central parts of the state, and wind gusts of up to 20 mph were adding to the problem.
The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory, predicting one to three inches of snow for Columbia and two to four inches in other parts of mid-Missouri.
Temperatures will drop well below freezing Friday night and continue to be low throughout the weekend.
It is estimated that 42 percent of Joplin homes do not have weather radios, which could be dangerous as the city heads into a new storm season.
After losing their homes in a deadly May 22 tornado, customers of Vivint, a Utah-based security company, are still paying bills to protect their uninhabitable buildings.
Columbia residents enjoy unseasonably warm weather with picnics and bicycle rides, which is a far cry from February 2011 when a blizzard hit Missouri.
On Feb. 1, 2011, Columbia was being hit with a blizzard that set a new record for snowfall in a 24-hour period. On Feb. 1 this year, Columbia tied for the highest minimum temperature on record.
Due to the mild winter, the city and county public works offices both plan to use their leftover snow-removal budget money for street maintenance projects in the spring and summer, such as asphalt overlay and pothole repairs.