West Central Missouri might see its first round of spring storms on Friday, March 31. While meteorologists might not be able to tell us definitively whether we'll get severe storms, one thing is for sure, it will be windy.

Forecasts call for increasing winds throughout the afternoon on Thursday, March 30, with a high of 67. Tomorrow, Friday, March 31, a Wind Advisory from the National Weather Service goes into effect at 1:00 PM CDT and will end Saturday, April 1, at 1:00 PM.

According to the National Weather Service, West Central Missouri could see wind gusts of 45-50 miles per hour late this afternoon and this evening. Tomorrow we'll see sustained winds of 20-30 miles per hour, with gusts up to 50 miles per hour. The National Weather Service warns the gusty winds will blow around unsecured objects, and tree limbs could be blown down. Additionally, strong winds like this can make driving difficult.

As for the storms, those seem to be a little harder to predict. Our forecaster Weatherology predicts scattered thunderstorms are likely, with a 65 percent chance of storms happening.

The Hazardous Weather Outlook put out by The National Weather Service says, "Showers and thunderstorms are expected starting early Friday morning
becoming more widespread during the afternoon. Strong to severe
storms are anticipated primarily along and east of I-35. Primary
hazards include damaging winds and hail. An isolated tornado cannot
be ruled out."

The overall feeling of meteorologists from various television stations in Kansas City and Columbia seems to be that we should all pay attention to the forecast tomorrow because there is a definite potential to see some severe storms and even tornadoes.

KSHB's one-minute forecast from this morning on Facebook expects our area to be dealing with storms tomorrow, which could be severe. While the forecasts from KCTV in Kansas City and KIMZ in Columbia both say if we get thundershowers and clouds in the morning, our risk of severe weather will be less because it will suppress storm energy later in the day.

Remember, we have updated forecasts from Weatherology every hour on our stations, and we'll also pass any warnings along from The National Weather Service if necessary tomorrow.

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