So it looks as though that rain outside isn’t going anywhere. At least not for the next day or two.
And as it continues, leaving baseball tournaments and other outside events in limbo, worry turns to flood areas and rising river levels across the central Plains.
“River flooding is a high concern right now,” said Pamela Murray, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Pleasant Hill, Mo. On Saturday the weather service issued flood warnings in parts of Leavenworth County and in Missouri near Clinton, Carrollton and Chillicothe.
On Saturday, the Kansas City area saw one storm system move in, leaving 1 to 2 inches of rain. Rain continued during the day, another storm moved in during the evening and more rainstorms were expected over the next 24 hours.
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Not the best weather for all those people expecting to be outside this Fourth of July weekend.
“The forecast is still pretty soggy, but we’re not going to cut bait and leave,” said Jeff Chalk, executive director of 3&2 Baseball Club of Johnson County. “We’re going to attempt to persevere.”
The club has a tournament going on that has drawn 180 teams from throughout Kansas. Games were delayed Saturday morning. At 2 p.m., a tweet went out saying, “It’s a Go!” with games set to resume at 4. Thirty minutes later, after more rain, all games for the day were canceled.
The Farmers Market in Merriam assured visitors on its Facebook page not to let the forecast deter them.
“Happy rainy market day! Not to worry … we have a covered pavilion,” the post read.
It seemed to work as shoppers still showed up. Before heading there Saturday morning, Bo Claxton wondered if the morning would be a wash.
Homemade Jamm, the band Claxton is lead singer of, was set to perform during the market.
“I thought when we left home this morning we may not even get to play,” Claxton said. But they did, from 10 to 11 a.m. They ended their set with “You Are My Sunshine.”
Claxton said it wasn’t because of the weather, or a hint to Mother Nature. That’s the band’s theme song, something members know to play to finish the set.
“We look at the clock, know our time is about up, and we hit a C chord and go right into ‘You Are My Sunshine,’ ” Claxton said.
It just happened to relate maybe a little more than usual Saturday morning.
Inside Crown Center on Saturday afternoon, people were shoulder to shoulder at times. Families poured into the mall area as sprinkles of rain came down and forecasts threatened heavy precipitation for later in the day.
Many headed to the Mr. Potato Head exhibit. Parents gathered in groups, and one out-of-town dad wondered aloud whether KC had any indoor water parks.
It’s not easy coming up with inside activities when two days of forecasts are saturated with rain predictions.
“We’re kind of like bummed,” said Natalie Kirchhoff of St. Louis, who came to Kansas City for the weekend with her three kids and other family. “It’s supposed to rain all weekend, so we’re like, ‘What can we find inside for the kids?’ ”
Crown Center, and playing with Mr. Potato Head, was their first stop. Her family hoped to go to Sunday’s Sporting Kansas City soccer game, but she wasn’t sure the weather would permit that. They also hoped to play mini golf and do other fun outdoor activities.
Forecasters estimate a total of 3 to 6 inches will fall. Heaviest rains are expected Saturday night through Sunday morning. (Good news, though, is the forecast looks dry for Monday.)
And it’s not wet just in Kansas City. Rain is expected throughout parts of Missouri and into central Kansas.
The Missouri Highway Patrol put multiple troopers on call for the weekend, prepared for what all the heavy rain could cause. Patrol officials reminded motorists not to drive into flooded areas.
“If your vehicle becomes stuck in rising water, get out quickly and move to higher ground,” cautioned a patrol release sent out Friday afternoon. “Flooding earlier this year resulted in several deaths as well as many water rescues.”