NWS: Chance of rain, storms daily through Memorial Day weekend in the Ozarks

Susan Szuch
Springfield News-Leader

It could be a soggy week leading into Memorial Day weekend, . Through Friday, there's a 30% to 50% chance daily of thunderstorms and showers.

The risk for severe thunderstorms is highest Tuesday evening and into the night, with winds predicted up to 70 miles per hour and quarter- to golf ball-sized hail. There is also the possibility for isolated tornadoes and localized flash flooding on Tuesday evening. Temperatures are predicted to reach the high 80s, making for a muggy and warm day, .

Wednesday has a slightly lower risk for severe thunderstorms in the afternoon and into the evening, with primary concerns being large hail and damaging wind gusts, according to the NWS. Localized flash flooding and a brief tornado are also possible.

"There is still some uncertainty in the finer details as storms Tuesday night will have a large impact on the evolution of storms Wednesday," .

While weather may dampen plans, gas prices won't

While the weather may not be ideal for traveling this Memorial Day weekend, gas prices are looking pretty good, according to GasBuddy, a technology company.

In the past week, GasBuddy reports, average gasoline prices have fallen 4.8 cents per gallon, which is more than the national average of 3.5 cents less per gallon. Compared to last month, Missouri's gas prices are 13.1 cents per gallon lower and compared to last year, are 2.4 cents per gallon lower.

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Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis, says this trend is expected to continue throughout the summer.

"The news continues to be good for motorists ahead of Memorial Day, with gasoline prices again falling, making it four straight weeks of declines for the national average as we get closer to the start of the summer driving season," said Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy.

"The good news doesn't necessarily end there, either. GasBuddy's Summer Travel Forecast, coming out tomorrow, will also give motorists mostly good news for the rest of the summer, predicting that gas prices over the next few months will stay far under record levels and should continue trending lower as we get closer to July 4."