ST. LOUIS – A Tornado Watch has been issued until 8 p.m. for the eastern and southeastern portion of the viewing area.

A cold front will be moving into southeast Missouri and western Illinois and strong to severe storms will develop out ahead of that front.

While some of the area remains rather cloudy, other parts, especially east of the river in Illinois, have seen good clearing. Sunshine will help to destabilize the atmosphere. As the cold front pushes into eastern Missouri and western Illinois, storms are expected to develop ahead of it this afternoon.

Storms will be capable of damaging winds, large hail and a few tornadoes. The most likely timing for storms to impact the metro is from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. Storms will then continue east from there into the later afternoon hours.

The storms should exit the area to the east by about 6 p.m.