Heavy storms have moved into the Kansas City area.

The National Weather Service has posted a severe thunderstorm warning for areas east and north of Jackson County – parts of Clay, Platte and Buchanan counties in Missouri and Wyandotte and Johnson counties in Kansas. That warning lasts until 10:15. Those storms could produce high winds, hail, heavy rain and lightning.

 The direction of the developing storms, rolling in from central Kansas, suggests they could hit Jackson County later in the evening. After midnight a cold front is expected to bring clearer skies and an end to the storms.

Also, 31 counties in Kansas – from line from Hiawatha to Lawrence to Chanute and west as far as Wichita, Newton and Concordia – are under a tornado watch at this hour, and an area west of Emporia is under a tornado warning, but none of Missouri is under a watch or warning.

Wednesday in Kansas City is expected to be breezy with a high of 58, and Thursday is expected to be sunny with a high of 70.

National Weather Service, Pleasant Hill: www.weather.gov/kc