A cluster of thunderstorms could produce damaging winds and hail in the Kansas City area Monday evening, according to the National Weather Service.
“We’re going to have a decent disturbance move into north-central Kansas and south-central Nebraska, and that activity will move eastward toward Kansas City,” said Chris Gitro, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill, Mo. The threat of strong to severe storms will begin at around 7 p.m. and continue through Tuesday morning.
Gitro said parts of Kansas City could get a quarter-inch of rain or more but that the precipitation should not pose a major risk of flooding.
“The better chance is for strong winds and hail,” he said, adding that “you can never rule out the possibility of an isolated tornado.”
Chances for showers and thunderstorms will continue throughout the week, but severe weather is not likely to return until Saturday, when another storm system is expected to work its way into the central Plains.
It’s been an exceptionally rainy May for Kansas City, which has seen 8.55 inches fall since the beginning of the month. May 2015 is now 11th on the National Weather Service’s 127-year record of wettest Mays in Kansas City.
We’re still more than 4 inches away from the wettest May on record: 12.75 inches of rain fell on Kansas City in 1995.