Most residents awoke to thunderstorms rumbling across the region early on Friday. Severe Thunderstorms left a trail of hail across Missouri and Illinois, including quite a sight in downtown Alton. Some people likened the appearance of the hail as being "like snow on the ground", while others reported the noise from the hail was a little intimidating. Little damage was reported and Ameren reported no power outages during the early round of storms that hit in the 6:00 am hour on Friday morning.
Additional storms are possible through the day on Friday in the River Bend, but it is the area through the Ohio Valley that is looking skyward for more severe weather through Friday.