Slight risk of severe storms, but flooding is a bigger threat


​* A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for all of northeast Kansas from 1 pm Monday through 7 pm Tuesday*

After excessive rain through late April and early May, we finally had some drier weather for much of last week. We also experienced our warmest temps of spring. One day we had afternoon temps in the low to mid 90s, followed by a morning with temps around 70.

The drier pattern ended late Friday night into Saturday as some thunderstorms came through. The really heavy storms hit around noon Saturday as projected, and some areas near Emporia had straight-line wind damage. Additional rainfall hit late Saturday night, but by early Sunday it was all about decreasing clouds, stronger breezes and cooler temps.

Much cooler conditions dominate the region for another 12-24 hours. Cold air advection and strong north/northeast breezes will keep some spots in the 50-55 degree range this afternoon. After a chance for early morning sunshine, clouds rapidly increase to make for a gloomy and chilly day for this time of year. Rainfall will develop across our western counties by midday, while those in the central and east won’t see showers until later this afternoon.

Greater Topeka Monday
​Highs: 61-64
​Wind: NE 12-22

Rainfall overnight and Tuesday may produce totals of 2-5 inches. That will make our creeks, streams and rivers flow fast while at or above capacity. Lakes/reservoirs are also too high, so flooding should be expected near these areas as water is released to keep bigger problems from occurring.

Sunshine will be hard to come by this week with such an unsettled pattern. Scattered t’storms should be expected Wednesday to Sunday with lows in the 60s and highs between 77-82. Additional rain through the period will make everything take so much longer to recede and dry.

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High water and flooding are huge concerns over the next several days…
​KSNT Meteorologist David George

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