Good Saturday bloggers,
Friday evening and night we saw a cold front move south, slamming into the heat and extreme humidity. The result was big thunderstorms with large hail and flash flooding.
There were two main zones of excessive rain. One was located from Eudora to Buckner where 2″-5″ of rain occurred. The second zone was from around KCI to Richmond where most locations received 1″-3″ of rain, but northern Clay county saw 3″-6″ of rain. These are radar estimated totals, so your rain gauge may read different.
Now, what is next?
The cold front that came through Friday evening is now stalling. It will become a warm front later today and head north. Look at the temperature contrast at 7 AM Saturday. Temperatures ranged from 79° in Dallas,TX to 49° in Lincoln, NE.
The front will be joined by a storm system tracking northeast from the southwest USA. This was the system that generated all kinds of odd weather in Arizona last week. The system, early Saturday, was located in west Texas and will be tracking up I-35 linking up with the front. This means…drum roll…more thunderstorms. Some may be severe along with flash flooding.
There is a slight risk of severe weather later today and tonight with large hail and damaging winds the main threats.
SATURDAY 4 PM: There will be quite a temperature contrast in the area with highs in the 80s south to 60s in KC and points north. There will be a few showers and thunderstorms around through 4 PM. Then, after 4 PM, we will see thunderstorms rapidly increase.
SATURDAY 4 PM-SUNDAY 7 AM: There will be several rounds of rain and thunderstorms. Flash flooding will be the main threat. The severe threat will decrease considerably after 8-9 PM.
SUNDAY: The warm front will surge north leaving us back in a very warm and very humid air mass. There may be a few showers and thunderstorms. The cold front in the Rockies will arrive Tuesday night and Wednesday. This will likely create more heavy rain and thunderstorms and lead to our first low in the 40s.
RAINFALL FORECAST THROUGH SUNDAY: There will be a zone of 3″-6″ of rain with 1″-3″ likely for most other locations. The 3″-6″ rain zone, on this data, is located to the south of KC. This zone could end up 50 miles farther north or south. Remember, “Turn Around Don’t Drown.”
Have a great weekend and pay close attention to the weather.