Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Isolated severe storms possible this evening

Isolated severe storms possible this evening

Some data suggest the storms may be slow to enter our area so it remains uncertain whether or not we'll all get a storm tonight. Along the leading edge of this line is where the greatest threat for strong storms will exist.

Your WIS First Alert Weather Team is tracking a strong cold front that will move through the Midlands Sunday, bringing scattered rain and thunderstorms.

The good news? Kauffman Stadium is one of the safest places to ride out severe weather in Kansas City. "The biggest threat is going to be the possibility for strong, damaging winds of 7o miles per hour or greater, with the added threat of possible tornadoes".

A flash flood watch is in effect through Sunday at 1 a.m. for the northwest portion of the state. On average, 2 to 4 inches of rainfall can be expected, but localized amounts of 6 inches or more are possible where the heaviest storms develop.

Spring-time storm systems are notoriously hard to predict and some changes to the forecast are likely including a possible increase or decrease in the risk of severe storms. That said, the relatively highest threat likely exists from Montgomery west and south. areas generally along and west of I-65. Sunday will continue to be warm, but that warm weather could lead to strong to severe storms.

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"As we start to move towards the later afternoon and evening, the risk of damaging gusts will contract to the coast and the shower activity should also start to dry up as well", said Chris Godfred, senior forecaster at the bureau.

Impacts: A severe storm is possible at any point Saturday, but the risk of severe weather looks to be highest after 12PM. That will make it feel a bit warmer this afternoon, even though highs will be a couple degrees higher than yesterday. Humidity will gradually increase from late Saturday into Sunday evening. Below-normal temperatures cover the remainder of the Midwest, while a chilly rain is developing across the northern Corn Belt.

Some rain delays last more than three hours, Cook said.

We will continue to see the lovely weather again on Saturday with temperatures and humidity on the increase. You can see the latest forecast here.

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