The Storm Prediction Center has placed the tri-state area in a slight risk category for severe storms later today. An approaching cold front will trigger storm development over Illinois this afternoon and these scattered storms could become strong to severe weather forecasters are saying. Here is today's NWS Weather Story from the Paducah office with details: Widely scattered thunderstorms are forecast to develop this afternoon and evening as low pressure drags a cold front into the area. A few of these storms could be strong to severe, with the potential for large hail, damaging winds, and locally heavy rain. Mainly dry weather will return for the weekend, but an isolated storm will remain possible over southern portions of Missouri and Kentucky on Saturday.