Episodes of heavy rain are forecast for the Kansas City area Saturday evening and into Sunday morning with possibilities of flooding, according to the National Weather Service.
Rainfall is expected through 7 p. m. Sunday and total 2 inches to 4 inches in the heaviest hit parts of the area.
Localized flash flooding is most likely Saturday night, which can create serious hazards for drivers. The weather service reminded drivers to avoid roadways that are covered in water as the depth can be deceiving, particularly at night.
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“If you do encounter water-covered roadways, do not try to drive through it. Turn around, don’t drown!” said a forecast on the service’s website.
Persistent rains also may lead to flooding along area rivers, creeks and streams, according to the forecast, creating additional potential hazards.
The storm system covered most of the state Saturday and caused flooding in Neosho and other southern Missouri areas Saturday. By mid-afternoon, 93 evacuations and 33 rescues had been reported, according to the governor’s office.
Flooding had affected more than 150 roads in the state by 4:30 p.m., according to the Missouri Department of Transportation. Most of those were in southern Missouri.