Kansas City under flood advisory as storms move through area

Much of the metro area was under a flood advisory as heavy rain fell early Thursday.

The National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill issued a flood advisory for Cass, Henry, Jackson, Johnson, Bates and Lafayette coutnies in Missouri and Johnson, Miami, Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties in Kansas. The advisory is in effect until noon.

As much as 1 1/2 inches of rain had fallen across a wide swath in the Kansas City area south of Interstate 70 Thursday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

The same area that was saturated by heavy rains fell earlier in the week.

The National Weather Service warned of minor flooding along small streams and near low water crossings.

Minor flooding was expected in Basehor, Belton, Blue Springs, Bonner Springs, De Soto, Edgerton, Fairway, Gardner, Grandview, Kansas City, Lake Lotawana, Lake Quivira, Leawood, Lee’s Summit, Lenexa, Merriam, Mission, Mission Hills and Odessa.

Drivers were urged not to attempt to cross bridges, dips or low water crossings if water covers the road.

The rain is expected to end this morning, but the flooding will continue for several hours afterward.

Drier air will move in behind the front Thursday afternoon and highs should reach the lower to middle 70s, according to the National Weather Service.

The end of the week and start of the weekend will be near perfect as highs Friday are expected to be in the middle to upper 70s. Saturday’s high will be in the lower to middle 80s.

However thunderstorms are expected to return Saturday night, bringing along a prolonged period of rain. Thunderstorms are expected to linger the rest of the weekend and into Monday.


Robert A. Cronkleton, bcronkleton@kcstar.com