Heavy rain, thunderstorms expected over Fourth of July weekend

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- The threat for rain and storms will continue across the St. Louis region Sunday, with a general shift to the southeast with time. Overnight storms put down anywhere from 2” to 5” of rain along and north of I-70 overnight. Further south, rain was spotty at best until mid-morning when thunderstorms developed over the eastern Missouri. Thunderstorms with heavy rain are expected through midday. 

After a brief lull in the rain,  expect a new wave of activity to organize from southwest into south-central Missouri this afternoon. That renews thechance for rain and storms this afternoon along and southeast of I-44 across southeast Missouri into southern Illinois. This is likely to be where the heaviest rain falls this afternoon and this evening, with a range of 1” to 2” of rain possible south of St. Louis and southeast of I-44 later in the day.

The severe weather potential does not appear to be very high for metro St. Louis and points to the west. The greatest concern for severe storms today will be southeast of St. Louis from near Fredericktown to Perryville up to Mount Vernon, IL.

Much like yesterday, the St. Louis Cardinals may be able to navigate the rain and actually get Sunday’s game in against the Brewers, but delays will be possible at just about any time. As for fireworks tonight, it looks like there should be a window for fireworks for communities to the west and northwest of St. Louis, but that is less likely from St. Louis to the southeast.

A Flash Flood Watch will be in effect for much of the FOX 2 viewing area through early Monday morning.