Friday Night Storms: Severe wind and hail are possible

(KSNF/KODE) – A “storm complex” situated in northeast Kansas and northwest Missouri as of Friday afternoon will take a deep dive south into Friday night.

This is a simulation of what the radar might look like around 9:00pm:

Recent models are trending less and less severe, but the chance still exists for this complex to move through our area.

If it holds together, the main threats are:

  • Strong damaging winds
  • Large, damaging hail
  • Winds could top 70 mph
  • Timing: 4pm – 10pm

The tornado threat is very low and should not be of too much concern.

The Storm Prediction Center has placed our area in either an Enhanced (orange) or Slight (yellow) risk of severe weather due to the severe probabilities.

This forecast will be monitored closely by local weather experts.

The general public is encouraged to pay close attention to any forecast changes, as well.

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Preliminary report: First May on record with no EF-3 or stronger tornadoes

(KSNF/KODE) – The Storm Prediction Center has released some surprising new statistics in its May 2021 severe weather synopsis.

The most “remarkable” statistic shows the month was the first May on record with no tornadoes that were rated EF-3 or stronger.

That’s what preliminary data is showing, at least.

Record keeping began in 1950, so this is the first May since then, across the nation, that tornadoes were on the low-end of the Enhanced Fujita scale.

However, the month saw a quantity of tornadoes.

May 2021 had 289 tornadoes across the nation, which is slightly higher than the 2011-2020 yearly average of 272.

The full report can be found on the Storm Prediction Center‘s social media.


FREEZE WARNING and Watch in effect for Thursday morning

(KSNF/KODE) — Winter is not quite done with the Four State region just yet.

A FREEZE WARNING is in effect for the counties in PURPLE from 1:00am – 9:00am Thursday.

A FREEZE WATCH is in effect for the counties in LIGHT BLUE from late Wednesday night to early Thursday morning.

Temperatures as low as the upper 20’s are expected in the forecast area.

These low temperatures, as well as frost, will damage sensitive early-Spring plants.

The National Weather Service encourages you to take steps now to protect any blooming outside plants.


TORNADO WATCH issued for parts of the Four State region until 8pm Wednesday

(KSNF/KODE) — A Tornado Watch is in effect for counties in southwest Missouri, northeast Oklahoma, and northwest Arkansas.

A WATCH means atmospheric conditions are favorable for tornadoes to develop.

Remember, it takes many ingredients in the atmosphere to come together so a tornado is possible for the counties in RED.

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Stay weather aware this St. Patrick’s Day!


TORNADO WARNING for BARRY County until 5:45pm

(KSNF/KODE) — A TORNADO WARNING has been issued for BARRY County, Missouri until 5:45pm.

1.75″ hail is also possible.


A storm capable of producing a tornado is near Seligman moving northeast towards:

  • southern edge of Cassville
  • Eagle Rock
  • Roaring River State Park


Follow updates on our KSN/KODE Interactive Radar.


"Malfunction" during the MO/KS Statewide Tornado Drill

FOUR STATE REGION (KSNF/KODE) — Some sort of issue happened during the Kansas/Missouri Statewide Tornado Drill Tuesday.

The National Weather Service in St. Louis calls the issue a “malfunction” between the Weather Emergency Alert System and the NWS.

Meanwhile, NWS Kansas City says the word “TEST” was supposed to be on the alert. They are looking into the cause.

Concerning the recent tornado drill. The National Weather Service issued a properly coded TEST tornado warning. Somewhere in the Wireless Emergency Alert System chain, the message was misinterpreted as an actual warning and sent it out that way. We are looking into the cause

NWS Kansas City Twitter

Either way, many NWS offices across both states were quick to jump on social media and remind everyone today was just a test and only a test.