Metro-East News

Tornado watch issued for most of Southern Illinois

Southwest Illinois may be getting hit with some stormy weather Sunday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

A tornado watch was issued at about 12:30 p.m. Sunday, warning people that the conditions may be favorable for a tornado to develop until 7 p.m. Most of Southern Illinois is under the warning.

A cold front pushing southeast across southeastern Missouri and southwest Illinois may lead to extensive thunderstorms in the I-44 corridor in Missouri and the I-70 corridor in Illinois, according to the National Weather Service. The storms will likely be severe in some areas with large hail and damaging winds, with the potential for isolated tornadoes.

From 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday is when meteorologists expect to see the highest severe weather threat. St. Louis and the metro-east are in an enhanced threat area, where numerous severe storms are possible. Wind gusts could be up to 70 mph, and large hail and frequent lightning is possible.