It's week three of severe weather season in the tri-state and, today, we face our first substantial threat of the spring.  This afternoon and evening variables are expected to line up for an event with damaging straight line winds and possible tornadoes embedded in a squall line.  Get full details here at WBKR.com!

From the National Weather Service:

437 AM CDT THU APR 18 2013

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PORTIONS OF SOUTHERN
ILLINOIS...SOUTHWEST INDIANA...WESTERN KENTUCKY AND SOUTHEAST
MISSOURI.

.DAY ONE...TODAY AND TONIGHT

A MODERATE RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS...INCLUDING THE THREAT OF
DAMAGING WINDS...LARGE HAIL...AND TORNADOES..IS IN EFFECT FOR THE
ENTIRE REGION TODAY INTO THIS EVENING. THE BEST TIME FRAME LOOKS
TO BE DURING THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING HOURS. THIS IS A
POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS SITUATION. PLEASE MONITOR THE LATEST
FORECASTS AND UPDATES CLOSELY. TORNADO WATCHES ARE LIKELY TO BE
ISSUED. HEAVY RAINS OF 1 TO 2 INCHES WILL LIKEWISE OCCUR AS THIS
SYSTEM MAKES PASSAGE.

STRONG WIND GUSTS IN EXCESS OF 40 MPH ARE POSSIBLE TODAY AND THIS
EVENING...EVEN OUTSIDE OF THUNDERSTORM ACTIVITY.