Did your NWS weather radio fire off tonight and startle you? If it did, that is a good thing. It is letting you know about a new Severe Thunderstorm Watch that has been issued by the Storm Prediction Center.
Severe Thunderstorm Watch #720 is in effect for parts of southeast Missouri and southern Illinois. The watch is in effect until 8am CT Thursday morning.
A cluster of thunderstorms is expected to move east across the state of Missouri overnight. You can see the line of storms located over southwest Missouri in the image below. The radar image was taken at 11:48pm CT Wednesday.
Individual thunderstorms are expected to move slightly north of east at 35 mph. The main threat appears to be damaging wind.