People in the Kansas City area should brace for a wet two days as several rounds of thunderstorms and heavy rain are expected through Friday.
By ROBERT A. CRONKLETON
The Kansas City Star
Showers and thunderstorms will continue Thursday with the additional rainfall increasing the risk of flooding in some areas.
There’s a potential for a few strong, possibly severe, storms later this afternoon, according to the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill, Mo.
That risk, however, decreases if morning rainfall and clouds linger into the afternoon. If thunderstorms redevelop, the biggest threat will be large hail and damaging winds, according to the National Weather Service.
Rain will end Thursday evening, giving the area a brief break before thunderstorms develop after midnight across eastern Kansas and west-central Missouri.
These storms could become severe with large hail and damage wind, along with torrential rainfall, according to the National Weather Service.
Thunderstorms are expected to be ongoing Friday morning, with the heaviest activity likely along and south of a line from St. Joseph to Kirksville.
Very heavy rainfall and some potential for severe weather are expected across the region throughout the day.
Between Thursday and Friday evening, 2 to 4 inches of rain is expected to fall across the central portions of Missouri and eastern Kansas, including the Kansas City area.
Some areas in southern Missouri could have 5 or more inches of rain.
The rain will move into southern Missouri by Saturday morning, leaving behind cool and comfortable conditions for the weekend.
The steady rains Thursday and heavy rains Friday will add to the ongoing flooding across northern Missouri.
A flash food watch remains in effect for the entire Kansas City region through Friday evening.
Northern Missouri and extreme northeastern Kansas have already seen excessive rainfall recently and soils are very saturated.
Any additional rainfall is expected to runoff quickly, resulting in additional flooding.
Meanwhile, flooding of streams and rivers across northern Missouri is expect to continue or possible worsen.
The National Weather Service has continued a flood warning for several streams and rivers in northern Missouri including along the Missouri River in several counties, including Buchanan, Platte, Jackson, Clay and Ray counties.
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