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Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued for St. Louis area

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Thursday's forecast calls for mostly sunny skies with a high of 78 and an overnight low of 50.

What ushered in the colder weather was a storm front that came through early Friday morning. Hail to the size of tennis balls, wind gusts up to 75 miles per hour and heavy rain are all possible as storms develop and move through the area. There also were several reports of large hail with these storms.

NWS Chicago reports say a storm was spotted over Malta and is moving east toward Sycamore at 25 miles per hour. Clouds from these former storms roll across western MA overnight and a stray shower could come through by dawn-but stay very hit or miss.

The colder weather continued Saturday, with the high temperature in the lower 50s and drizzle throughout the day.

Strong to severe thunderstorms have developed this afternoon across the northern half of the viewing area.

The warning is in effect until 3:15 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

The morning will start cooler in the 60s, and thunderstorms for the morning commute are likely, so grab that rain coat and expect a wet drive in. We could see this front stall over the area with a lingering chance for a few showers and thunderstorms into Monday. Although Tuesday's threat may be lowered by more cloud cover across the area.

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