Flood Watch National Weather Service Springfield MO 355 PM CDT Wed Apr 19 2017 KSZ097-101-MOZ077-088>090-093>095-101>104-202100- /O.NEW.KSGF.FA.A.0001.170421T0600Z-170422T1200Z/ /00000.0.ER.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.000000T0000Z.OO/ Crawford-Cherokee-Barton-Jasper-Dade-Greene-Newton-Lawrence- Christian-McDonald-Barry-Stone-Taney- Including the cities of Chicopee, Lone Oak, Pittsburg, Baxter Springs, Lowell, Riverton, Columbus, Neutral, Sherwin, Stippville, Kenoma, Lamar, Joplin, Carthage, Greenfield, Lockwood, Meinert, Springfield, Neosho, Aurora, Mount Vernon, Marionville, Nixa, Christian Center, Ozark, Selmore, Anderson, Noel, Goodman, South West City, Pineville, Rocky Comfort, Monett, Madry, Cassville, Kimberling City, Crane, Elsey, Indian Point, Silver Dollar City, Branson, Hollister, Kirbyville, Edgewater Beach, Forsyth, Ozark Beach, and Powersite 355 PM CDT Wed Apr 19 2017 ...FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING... The National Weather Service in Springfield has issued a * Flood Watch for portions of southeast Kansas and southwest Missouri, including the following areas, in southeast Kansas, Cherokee and Crawford. In southwest Missouri, Barry, Barton, Christian, Dade, Greene, Jasper, Lawrence, McDonald, Newton, Stone, and Taney. * From late Thursday night through Saturday morning * Periods of showers and thunderstorms producing heavy rainfall will develop late Thursday night and continue through Friday and Friday night. Rain will gradually taper off Saturday. Storm total rainfall amounts will likely range from two to four inches with locally higher amounts up to five inches possible. * This excessive rainfall will lead to the potential of flash flooding especially on small streams and low water crossings. Flooding may also materialize on main stem rivers including the Elk, James and Spring river basins. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts. You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible Flood Warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.