It looks as if today’s heavy rain was just the beginning of a wet week. Some areas could get flooding.

This morning’s storms were loud and intense. A trained weather spotter reported 2.75 inches in Bates City. The National Weather Service posted totals of 2.26 inches at Kansas City International Airport, 2.18 inches at the downtown airport and 2.01 inches in Lee’s Summit.
More rain is likely tonight – a 60 percent chance for Eastern Jackson County – though any damaging weather with hail and high winds is expected north of a line from Kansas City to Kirksville as storms roll in from Nebraska.

The stronger storms will have what the Weather Service calls torrential rain, and that could lead to localized flooding and could worsen flooding that’s already happening. As of late this afternoon, only a portion of the northern part of the metro area was under a flood warnings, but most of northern Missouri was under a watch or warning. A watch means conditions are favorable for flooding; a warning means flooding is occuring.

Tuesday looks calmer than today, but it could still rain before 7 a.m. and then after 4 p.m. It’ll be warm and humid, with a high of 84 and a 30 percent chance of rain. Wednesday is sunny with a high in the low 80s.

Then a good chance of rain comes back late Wednesday through late Friday, when several rounds of thunderstorms are expected. They could be severe. They could bring heavy rain, posing the risk of flooding. The chance of rain is 50 percent Wednesday night, 70 percent Thursday and Thursday night, and 60 percent Friday and Friday night. Highs around 80s and lows in the mid- to upper 60s are expected for the week.

Based on rainfall and projected rainfall, the Weather Service says the Missouri River is likely to  crest just above flood stage on Saturday at both Napoleon and Waverly.