A warm, humid air mass is centered over Mid-Missouri Monday, allowing our high temperatures to reach the lower 90s, and the heat index to soar to nearly 100 degrees. The heat and humidity are contributing to the instability over our area, or fuel needed for a cold front to lift storms over the region tonight.

This front will sweep south-southeast across northern Missouri late tonight with storms developing in the northern-most counties of Mid-Missouri between 9-11 PM. The heart of Mid-Missouri could see the onset of storms between 11PM-1AM, and further south toward the Lake of the Ozarks will see storms moving in after 1AM.

The tornado risk is very minimal with this front, however, damaging winds are the main hazard the ABC 17 Stormtrack weather team will be watching for tonight. Large hail is also possible with storms moving through the area. Heavy rain is expected, and parts of Mid-Missouri could see up to 2" of rain with locally higher amounts.

A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for Randolph, Saline, Chariton, and Howard counties until Tuesday morning.

The front will cool us down slightly, into the middle 80s, with a little less humidity for Tuesday-Thrusday. Most of Mid-Missouri will be rain-free by Tuesday afternoon as the front sags south.

For the latest weather updates, follow this link for live tweets from the ABC 17 Stormtrack weather team.