Strong to severe storms are expected to sweep through the Kansas City metropolitan area Wednesday afternoon and into the evening rush hour.
The storms are expected to develop near metro area between 3 and 5 p.m. These storms have the possibility of producing isolated tornadoes, damaging winds and large hail, according to the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill.
The storms also will likely produce frequent cloud-to-ground lightning.
After the storms develop, they are expected to form a squall line with embedded supercells.
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The National Weather Service’s Storm Predication Center has issued a severe thunderstorm watch in effect fro 10 p.m. for parts of Kansas and Missouri, including counties in the Kansas City metro area.
Southeast Kansas and west-central Missouri are under an enhanced risk of severe thunderstorms.
The National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill said via Twitter that people should remain weather aware. Storms have formed near Wichita and are expected to expand northeast by 4 p.m.
Storms will move out of the Kansas City area by early Thursday. Storms are likely to return Friday afternoon into the night. Some of those storms have the potential to be strong ones.
Things will brighten up over the weekend with sunny skies and highs in the 80s.