Rain showers with an embedded thunderstorm or two are threatening to dampen afternoon and evening plans in Kansas City Sunday.
The showers are expected to be more widespread closer to midnight. However, rain could arrive by mid-afternoon Sunday and become more scattered by the 6:30 p.m. start of the Sporting Kansas City season opener against New York City FC at Children's Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kan.
"Hopefully the game will be done before we see this more widespread activity," said Sarah Atkins, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill, Mo. "But we can't rule out a few showers moving over the KCK area with potentially an embedded thunderstorm during game time."
Because of possible thunderstorm activity, lightning may become a concern in the afternoon and evening hours as well.
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"We recommend staying weather aware, keeping up on the forecast and making sure you're aware of updates that we make," Atkins said. People should have a plan to head indoors if lightning approaches the area.
She also advised fans to wear appropriate clothing for the rain and cool temperatures. Temperatures will be in the low 50s around the start of the match and dropping a few degrees during the game.
"Even at 50 degrees, it still is going to feel chilly," Atkins said. "Long pants and jackets would probably be a good idea."
Prior to the game, Sunday was expected to be slightly warmer than average with highs in the upper 50s. It is expected to be windy as well, with winds coming out of the south and southeast at 20 mph. Some gusts may reach 30 mph.
Clouds were already rolling into the area Sunday morning and it's expected to get cloudier as the day progresses.
The rain was likely to become more widespread in the Kansas City area around midnight, continuing overnight before tampering off late Monday morning. Less than a quarter of an inch of rain was expected from the storms.
The clouds will clear out making way for a partly cloudy day Monday. However, there is a high fire danger Monday because temperatures are expected to warm into the mid-50s and the winds will pickup as well.