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Severe Risk Overnight for the Middle Mississippi Valley

24 Oct 2021, 4:20 pm

Sunday Severe Outlook

The Storm Prediction Center has issued an enhanced risk for severe weather into Monday morning. This is a level 3 on a scale of 1 to 5 for severe weather. The greatest risk for severe weather continues across portions of the Ozarks and through the Lower Mississippi River Valley. We have already had confirmed tornadoes out of these storms today.

Watch as this tornado near Polo, Missouri made it way through Sunday afternoon.

Severe Risks


There could be some strong tornado formation for areas of Missouri, Illinois and Arkansas through tonight.  A tornado threat like this means you will need to have a severe plan in place in case you have to take cover.

EF2 or stronger tornadoes will be possible for cities like St. Louis and Fayetteville.

Damaging Winds

Wind damage will be likely for these areas as well and a chance for wind gusts over 70 mph will be likely.


The threat for large hail will also be possible in these storms overnight.


The latest timing for the rest of Sunday’s storms continue for areas of the Mississippi River Valley.

Through the overnight hours, storms will organize and become more linear and less discrete.



Another severe threat will be the flooding rains. Areas of Illinois and Indiana could see over 4 inches of rainfall.

You can catch the Central Regional Forecast at :30 past the hour, every hour for these details along with the rest of the top weather headlines.

About the author
Erik Kostrzewa was born and raised in the state of Michigan; spending much of his life in the suburbs of Detroit. Erik attended the University of Michigan and earned a Bachelor’s Degr... Load Moreee in Earth Systems Science and Engineering with a concentration in Meteorology. His first on-air job was straight out of college in Lansing, Michigan at WLNS-TV. After a few years, he moved an hour west to Grand Rapids to continue his career at FOX17 news. While in the heart of the lower peninsula, Erik covered a wide variety of challenging weather from lake-effect snow to derechos. Erik definitely has an interesting last name which comes from his Polish descent. If you are wondering how it is pronounced, the easiest way to say it is “Ka-Stree-Va”. Erik is thrilled to forecast on a national scale at WeatherNation and experience an even wider range of weather in Colorado! He is also looking forward to experiencing his first 14er on one of the many mountains in the state. Follow Erik on Twitter and Facebook!