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Severe thunderstorms possible in Kansas City

In this file photo from June 2015, lightning strikes near the Country Club Plaza. Weather officials say severe weather may hit Kansas City on Saturday night and early Sunday.
In this file photo from June 2015, lightning strikes near the Country Club Plaza. Weather officials say severe weather may hit Kansas City on Saturday night and early Sunday. JSLEEZER@KCSTAR.COM

Weather officials are predicting thunderstorms in the Kansas City area Saturday evening, with some storms expected to be severe.

The National Weather Service issued a warning Saturday for areas near the Flint Hills, where an approaching cold front could lead to severe storms with golf ball-sized hail and 70 mph winds. Storms are then expected to move south through eastern Kansas.

In the metropolitan area, showers and thunderstorms are expected, with the most likely time for severe storms between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m.

Thunderstorms remain in the forecast through next week, but officials say the threat of severe weather is low.

Katy Bergen: 816-234-4120, @KatyBergen

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