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Large hail, heavy rain, damaging winds headed to Kansas City area

Updated: 2013-09-19T19:54:41Z

You’d better be packing an umbrella Thursday.

A cold front slicing through the Midwest is expected to bring showers and thunderstorms to the Kansas City area late in the afternoon and into the evening.

The first storms of the afternoon were already developing about 2:30 p.m. across Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa ahead of the cold front pushing southeast, according to the Facebook page for the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill.

The storm activity is expected to grow throughout the afternoon, probably reaching areas near Interstate 35 between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Although widespread severe weather is not expected, storms could be severe in some spots, bringing isolated large hail, frequent lightning and damaging winds, according to the National Weather Service. Some areas could receive 1 to 2 inches of rain.

The storms could persist through Friday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

Once the storms clear, the Kansas City area is in for a pleasant weekend. Skies will be mostly clear to partly cloudy and highs are expected to be in the lower to upper 70s on Saturday, Sunday and Monday and in the upper 70s to low 80s on Tuesday.

The nights will be chilly with lows in the upper 40s to lower 40s Saturday, Sunday and Monday, and in the mid- to upper 50s on Tuesday.

Robert A. Cronkleton, bcronkleton@kcstar.com

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