Heavy rains and flooding are looming for Kansas City’s Fourth of July holiday weekend, according to early forecasts.
Kansas City’s dry spell could come to an end because scattered showers and a few thunderstorms are expected to move into far western Missouri and eastern Kansas, according to the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill, Mo.
By Thursday, scattered showers and thunderstorms will be possible across much of the Kansas City region. Rain chances will shift south of Interstate 70 on Friday.
Early forecasts indicate the possibility of heavy rainfall across Kansas and Missouri on Saturday and Sunday.
While there is uncertainty about where the storms will set up — anywhere between the Iowa border and the Ozarks — these storms could bring widespread rainfall amounts of 1 to 2 inches.
The heaviest rainfall, for the time being, appears more likely near the Missouri River and I-70 corridor, where 1 to 4 inches of rain could fall.
Some areas could see as much as 7 inches of rainfall, although the forecast could change as the week progresses. The heavy rains could bring flooding.
Because of the uncertainty, the National Weather Service urges people to keep an eye on the forecasts, especially if they are planning to be near or on a river.
As the weekend gets closer, the areas where the heaviest rain will likely fall will become clearer.
The storm track is expected to shift to the south and east by Monday, giving Kansas City one salvageable day for outdoor activities for the Fourth of July holiday.