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Strong storms possible Wednesday evening ahead of big cold front

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CARTERVILLE (WSIL) -- The Storm Track 3 team is tracking a threat for severe storms Wednesday evening ahead of a strong cold front.

Wednesday is the last warm day for a while. Temperatures Wednesday afternoon will be almost summer-like with low to mid 80s likely. Plenty of sunshine will also be around making for a good day to mow the grass! Just make sure you use some sunscreen as the sun angle is getting higher in the sky.

Storm chances ramp up later in the afternoon. Initially, storms are expected to develop near the St. Louis Metro and then shift to the south into our region. Arrival time along I-64 will likely be between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. and continue southward through the evening. The main threat will be large hail and damaging winds, but a brief tornado can't be ruled out. The threat will end by midnight as storms exit Western Kentucky.

As the cold front sweeps through, temperatures will plummet. Thursday morning, temperatures will start in the mid 40s in Southern Illinois.

Meteorologist Nick Hausen is tracking another chance for rain and another blast of cool air. Be sure to join him for the latest on News 3 This Morning. We've got you covered!

Nick Hausen

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