Confirmed tornadoes in Missouri Lead Belt and Illinois


ST. LOUIS – The National Weather Service’s St. Louis office confirmed tornadoes touched down Sunday evening in Missouri’s Lead Belt and southwest Illinois.

Alerts from the NWS around 8:30 p.m. Sunday reported an observed tornado in Farmington, moving northeast at approximately 45 miles per hour. By 9:10 p.m., the NWS confirmed other tornadoes near Fredericktown and St. Mary, respectively.

“Significant damage” was reported in St. Mary in the immediate aftermath. That cell moved across the Mississippi River toward Chester, Steeleville, and Coulterville in Illinois.

A tornado watch was issued for counties in the FOX 2 viewing area until 10:00 pm.

With some sunshine earlier in the day, temperatures were well into the 70s. A cold front pushed into that warm air to create the severe weather threat late in the day.

Several bands of storms will push west to east. Some of these storms look to be capable of producing strong wind gusts up to 70+ miles an hour, large hail, and some strong tornadoes.

Initially, supercells will develop in central Missouri ahead of the front. With these storms, the threat will be mainly tornadoes and large hail. As the storms continue to grow they’ll merge into a line where the threat will be damaging winds to 70+ mph and tornadoes along the leading edge of storms. Storms look to exit the area by about 11 p.m.

Everyone may not see storms that strong, but the chance exists across the entire area.  

Spotty showers will linger into Monday, which will be a chilly, windy day with afternoon highs only in the mid-50s.

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