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Tornado Watch Issued for St. Louis Area by National Weather Service

The watch will remain in effect until 8 p.m. as a severe storm system passes through the area early tonight.

A severe thunderstorm that is expected to roll through St. Louis at around 7 p.m. is expecting to bring damaging winds, large hail and possibly even isolated tornadoes.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch this afternoon for the St. Louis area, which will be in effect until 8 p.m. and impacts a total of 37 Missouri counties. According to the NWS, residents can also expect heavy rainfall of up to 2-3 inches today and tonight.

Temperatures will fall as the storm moves but will remain above freezing with a low predicted to reach 39 degrees. However, they will continue to drop tomorrow and are expected to dip to 32 degrees by 5 p.m. with rain and snow possible throughout the day. 

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that a tornando warning had been issued. Patch regrets the error and any confusion it may have caused.

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