Weather Service issues hazardous weather outlook for Rolla as strong storm system approaches region Saturday

Lori Amos
The Rolla Daily News
Severe thunderstorms are possible Saturday into Saturday Night in Rolla. Courtesy of the National Weather Service

“An unseasonably strong storm system will approach the region Saturday,” according to the National Weather Service.

According to the National Weather Service, as an unreasonably strong storm system approaches the region on Saturday, widespread showers and thunderstorms will occur at times, especially during the late afternoon and evening hours. 

Severe thunderstorms, large hail, and damaging wind are possible Saturday into Saturday night in Rolla. Rainfall amounts of 1-3 inches with localized 4-inch amounts may lead to flash flooding, according to the National Weather Service. 

“Uncertainty remains in the exact timing and location of the most intense storms Saturday,” the National Weather Service Situation Report states. 

The potential for excessive rainfall Saturday could lead to flash flooding in Rolla, with the highest potential for flooding remaining north of the area. 

“Some of the most intense storms could produce large hail, damaging wind gusts, and tornadoes. High rainfall rates could lead to localized flash flooding. Frequent cloud to ground lightning is likely,” according to the forecast discussion at 8:56 p.m. Friday.