By ROBERT A. CRONKLETON
The Kansas City Star
People and pets who are skittish over thunderstorms might get some sleep after all tonight.
The threat for widespread severe weather doesn’t look as likely as it did earlier today, according to the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill, Mo.
Thunderstorms are expected to develop along and behind a strong cold front that is moving southeast into eastern Kansas and northwestern Missouri this evening.
At one time, forecasters warned the strong storm system carried the possibility of strong, straight-line winds, hail and maybe a tornado.
Now, it’s walnut-sized hail that is the primary threat and that’s mainly over western Missouri and eastern Kansas.
A very small threat for damaging winds exists, as it does with any storm immediately along a cold front, according to the National Weather Service.
Also of concern is flooding of area rivers and streams because of several rounds of rainfall tonight into Wednesday.
On Wednesday, thunderstorms are expected to continue bringing heavy rainfall through the afternoon, although severe weather is not expected.
After the cold front moves in, temperatures are expected to drop, with highs Wednesday reaching only the mid-40s.
Overnight lows are expected to be near freezing and below freezing on Friday and Saturday. However, a hard freeze is not anticipated. Tender vegetation should be protected.
A chance for a few thunderstorms will return Sunday afternoon and evening.
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