This morning (Friday, February 23rd) the National Weather Service issued a severe weather threat to portions of the Tri-State.  

For tonight, they warn:

A band of showers and a few thunderstorms will continue to produce moderate to heavy rainfall through at least midday as they stream over far southeast Missouri, much of west Kentucky and the southern tip of Illinois. After a brief dry period this afternoon, more showers and thunderstorms will develop and lift northeast across the region tonight. Heavy rainfall and worsening flood problems can be expected. Please refer to the Flood Watch for details. Minor to moderate flooding continues or is imminent for the Ohio and Green Rivers, as well as parts of the Mississippi, Big Muddy, Patoka, and Wabash Rivers. Please see the latest river flood warnings and statements for further details.

For the next few days, the threat of damaging wind is added to the forecast:

Widespread showers and thunderstorms with moderate to heavy rainfall are expected Saturday and Saturday night. The Flood Watch continues until 6 AM Sunday. Please refer to the watch for details. The potential for severe thunderstorms with widespread damaging winds and a tornado threat exists late Saturday afternoon through the evening hours. The storms will most likely be in a line on or near a cold front that will move eastward across the region. Minor to moderate flooding continues or is imminent for the Ohio and Green Rivers, as well as part of the Mississippi, Big Muddy, Patoka, and Wabash Rivers. Please see the latest river flood warnings and statements for further details.

This morning, while chatting with Ron Rhodes, chief meteorologist from WEHT/Eyewitness News, I asked him if we should be worried about a tornado this weekend.  This is what he had to say:

We can't rule [tornadoes] out.  It's mainly going to be a damaging wind threat, but yeah, an isolated tornado or two is certainly not out of the question.tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon.  So yeah, it could be a rough late afternoon/early evening."

More information is available at the National Weather Service's website.

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