The National Weather Service says the region is in for a couple wet days, but the heaviest rain is most likely to fall west of Topeka.
Still, the Kansas City area could get up to a quarter-inch of rain tonight, and that could cause flash flooding. The immediate metro area is not in a flash-flood watch, but areas to the south and west are.
For Eastern Jackson County, the chance of rain with possible thunderstorms is 40 percent today, 50 percent tonight and 40 percent Saturday. Expected rain is less than one-tenth of an inch today, again tonight and again Saturday – but higher in areas that get thunderstorms.
Clear weather returns Sunday, and daytime highs in the low to mid-80s and overnight lows in the 60s are forecast most days for the next week. That’s slightly cool for this time of August, when the average high is 89. Kansas City International Airport still hasn’t recorded a 100-degree day this summer.
Parts of Kansas are expected to get the worst of the storms tonight. The area from Manhattan south to Emporia and Chanute could get 1.5 to 6 inches of rain. The Weather Service says the rough weather in eastern Kansas could make its way to western Missouri.
It’s been relatively dry – just 2.49 inches of rain in July, compared with the average of 4.45 inches – but an excessively wet year overall. The yearly average for Kansas City is 38.86 inches of precipitation, and the Weather Service has already recorded 34.41 inches at KCI through Thursday.