The National Weather Service has posted a Severe Thunderstorm Watch in effect for counties along and to the west of highway 65 lasting until 11 p.m. tonight, with the exception of Hickory County.

The watch is for Lawrence County, MO; Polk County, MO; Barton County, MO; Cedar County, MO; McDonald County, MO; Barry County, MO; St. Clair County, MO; Jasper County, MO; Greene County, MO; Dade County, MO; Christian County, MO; Taney County, MO; Stone County, MO; Newton County, MO.

This storm is considered capable of producing tennis ball sized hail and 60-70 mph wind gusts.