First round of storms today; periodic rain through early Saturday

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Two separate clusters of storms did result in a few severe thunderstorm warnings this morning. Since then, those two clusters have meshed into one swath of showers and storms that are engulfing northeast Kansas right now.

It will be tougher for these storms to reach severe thunderstorm criteria as they’re now all competing against each other for strength. If any any of storms can muster up enough strength, the main threat would be damaging hail, as well as some pockets of heavy rain. This isn’t the ideal set-up for damaging wind gusts or tornadoes.

As the afternoon progresses, this swath of storms will continue to push off to the east. If you’re planning on heading out to Kauffman Stadium for the Royals season opener, there is the potential for lightning or rain delays. Scattered thunderstorms will be around for first pitch at 3:15 this afternoon, with rain chances persisting throughout the course of the game.

Even as this cluster of storms pushes off into Missouri this afternoon, some scattered showers will continue to be a possibility here in northeast Kansas through the remainder of the day. When there is a break in the rain, the sky will stay mostly cloudy to overcast overhead. Regardless of the rain and clouds though, temperatures are still expected to max out in the 50s and 60s for today.

Periodic rain chances spill over into tonight as temperatures bottom out in the 40s and lower 50s.

Pack the rain gear as you head out the door Friday morning as we’re still tracking scattered showers. Thunderstorms will become a possibility once again late in the morning into the afternoon, with a low threat of any severe weather. Other than the rain, Friday will be mostly cloudy with highs in the 40s.

Rain chances spill over into Friday night before finally tapering off the first half of Saturday. However, as this system begins to depart, it will filter in some cooler temperatures. Low temperatures Saturday morning will be back down into the 30s. The northern half of the region could get as chilly as the low to mid 30s, which would be cold enough for areas of a wintry mix and some wet snowflakes to mix in at times for Saturday morning. As Saturday progresses though, any form of precipitation wraps up as temperatures max out in the 40s.

Snuday will finally see the return of dry weather across northeast Kansas as a mostly sunny sky helps high temperatures get back into the 50s.

It turns even milder for the upcoming work and school week as temperatures will get back into the 60s before another chance for some raindrops Tuesday night into Wednesday.

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