Mostly sunny and humid early, heavy rain and stormy later

*SLIGHT RISK FOR SEVERE STORMS LATER TODAY, ACROSS MOST OF NORTHEAST KANSAS

We’re tracking one more summer-like day before showers and storms rumble in as early as this afternoon. High temperatures should have enough time to rise through the 80s this afternoon, before the clouds and rain roll in. Most spots across Northeast Kansas will have their high temperatures hit around 3p – a couple hours earlier than a typical mid-August day. The reason for this is the pending cold front that will bring locally heavy rain to N. Central Kansas by 4pm today.

Speaking of – the movement of this evening’s weather-maker will be NW to SE. A couple storms could be strong or severe with high winds being the primary severe weather threat. The eastern half of our area won’t see rain until 7 or 8pm, with MOST of the rain into W. Missouri even prior to midnight. This storm system will be a quick-mover, but some spots across Northeast Kansas could pick-up some heavy rain in a relatively short window of time. If you have outdoor plans this evening, you might want to reconsider or reschedule entirely. Don’t be fooled by the sun-filled start to the day – it’s going to be a stormy end to the week.

Remnant rain showers are possible (mainly across our eastern counties) into the pre-dawn hours. Otherwise, dry skies prevail into the weekend. Saturday will start off fairly cloudy, but we’ll witness gradual clearing throughout the day. Keep those weekend plans! It’s going to be ‘picture perfect’ outside! Expect ‘mostly sunny’ skies with daytime temps in the 60s and 70s. Yes, you read that correctly. Unseasonably cool weather is moving in on the heels of tonight’s cold front…and we’re going to enjoy it! For some context here, our average high temperature for this time of the year still sits at 89° – we’ll be 15°+ cooler than that all weekend. Overnight lows will dip back into the lower 50s by Sunday morning. Fall is arriving early! After today, give your A/C units a rest and enjoy the crisp, refreshing air this weekend by opening up a few windows!

Temperatures will likely be ‘below average’ for the rest of the month with a more unsettled upcoming weather pattern. We’ll keep the weekend sunshine going through Tuesday, but then more showers and storms roll in by the middle of next week. Highs will be in the lower/middle 80s for the rest of August, with lows hanging out in the 60s through the extended forecast. You’re already in the right place for the latest weather information across Northeast Kansas. Keep checking back for regular forecast updates in the coming hours and days – we’ve got your back! Stay tuned.

Have a great day!

– KSNT Storm Track Meteorologist Kyle Borchert

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