Flooding still a concern; strong storms possible Wednesday


*A flash flood watch remains in effect for all of northeast Kansas through 1 am on Thursday.*

More rounds of showers and storms will continue to move in throughout the night tonight. The main concern will be heavy rain that could result in some localized flooding in spots. The best chance of any intense thunderstorms looks to stay south of the area for this evening. However, if any stronger storms manage to creep into some of our southern counties, the main concerns would be for some gusty winds and hail.

Even when there’s some breaks in the rain overnight, the sky will continue to stay cloudy overhead as temperatures bottom out in the 50s and 60s.

Lingering showers and a few weak thunderstorms will be possible in spots for Wednesday morning, before some dry time mixes in late in the morning into the early afternoon with a partly to mostly cloudy sky above. There will also be a south wind at 5 to 15 mph, which will help high temperatures get into the upper 60s and lower 70s.

Depending on how long the showers and storms linger on throughout the morning, and if we can see some decent breaks of sunshine midday, that could help create a threat for strong to severe storms late in the afternoon into the evening. The main threats would be for high winds and hail, and the best chance of seeing any stronger storms would be for the southeastern half of the region.

The last of the rain will slowly, but surely, finally start to taper off overnight Wednesday before completely wrapping up area-wide Thursday morning. By the time all of the rain is said and done, an additional 1 to 3 inches of rainfall is expected across northeast Kansas, but some locally higher amounts will be possible. With already saturated ground and rising water levels in place, flooding will continue to be a concern through the next few days.

Even as things dry out during the day on Thursday, more clouds than sunshine is expected as high temperatures get trapped in the 50s.

More prominent sunshine finally makes its return for Friday as temperatures rebound back into the 60s.

A few passing showers and storms will be possible for Saturday as high temperatures edge closer to 70° with most spots getting into the upper 60s.

It’s more likely that parts of northeast Kansas crack into the low 70s for Mother’s Day on Sunday with a mostly sunny sky.

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