Tracking severe storms today, cooler weather this weekend

Storms caused damage to Osage City Friday morning September 18, 2015. (KSNT Photo/Gwen Baumgardner)

SLIGHT RISK – EASTERN COUNTIES COULD SEE SEVERE WEATHER TODAY.

We’re tracking the threat for severe weather across Northeast Kansas today. As promised, hefty rain chances aren’t going anywhere any time soon. We’ve been tracking a cold front making it’s way to Northeast Kansas for the better part of the last week – today is the day it finally arrives. Cloud cover will be on the rapid increase, giving way to showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. A few of the storms could be strong/severe. The primary threats for severe weather will be high winds, large hail and an isolated tornado. Like last week, locally heavy rain will also be possible.

A few remnant raindrops will continue to push south and east overnight – as we dry things out and clear things out to start the weekend. Again, this weather-maker is a cold front so the air behind it is MUCH cooler than what we’ve seen the past four days. Expect daytime temperatures in the 50s and 60s on both Saturday and Sunday, with high temperatures peaking in the 70s – complete with sunshine. In other words, this weekend will look and feel a lot like last weekend, with a much needed taste of fall. Speaking of – the first day of fall is next Wednesday (September 23rd) and it won’t feel very fall-like. In fact, we’re already tracking a slow and steady warm-up through the middle of next week. High temperatures for the new season will be in the middle 80s. Keep in mind, our average high for this time of year is 80°.

Have a great day!

– KSNT Storm Track Meteorologist Kyle Borchert

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