Strong thunderstorms are likely Saturday morning north of the Missouri River in the Kansas City metro area, and there’s a threat of high winds and large hail south of the Missouri River Saturday afternoon.
The National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill said storms would be moving into Leavenworth County and Platte County and other areas north of the river and could linger until about 10 a.m. Saturday. These storms could include heavy rain, lightning, high winds and small hail.
A second round of storms is likely, mostly in the southern half of the metro area, south of Interstate 70 in the early afternoon and possibly lasting several hours. These storms could include high winds and large hail. There’s also a slight risk of a tornado, especially south of the metro area. Forecasters say the storms should move out of the area by about 4 p.m. Saturday.
Then there’s good news for the rest of the holiday weekend.
“The rest of the weekend looks vastly better than today,” said Jonathan Welsh, meteorologist with the National Weather Service. Sunday and Monday should feature mostly clear skies, dry weather and pleasant temperatures, with highs in the upper 70s.