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Storms coming to KC, with several rounds of rain starting this weekend

Get out and enjoy the beautiful weather in Kansas City Thursday, because the metro area will likely enter a rainy weather pattern that will stretch into next week, according to the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill.

First though, it will be sunny Thursday with a high in the mid-70s. Clouds, however, will start to roll in Thursday night and temperatures will fall to the upper 50s.

Then the rinse and repeat cycle begins as the metro area faces several rounds of storms. The words “showers” and “thunderstorms” are in the daily forecasts beginning Friday and continuing into the weekend and through at least Wednesday, according to the weather service.

The storms are expected to bring between 1 and 3 inches of rain across the area by Wednesday, which might aggravate ongoing river flooding.

The heaviest rains are expected to fall south and east of a line from Kansas City to Kirksville, Missouri. But that line could shift, the weather service said.

Isolated severe storms could develop Saturday. Damaging winds and hail up to the size of a quarter are the main threats from the strongest storms that do develop, according to the weather service.

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Robert A. Cronkleton gets up very early in the morning to bring readers breaking news about crime, transportation and weather at the crack of dawn. He’s been at The Star since 1987 and now contributes data reporting and video editing.