Slight chance of showers, storms today

Wyandotte County has a 20 percent chance of storms this afternoon, and there is a greater risk of storms to the southeast. (National Weather Service graphic)

There is a slight chance of scattered storms and showers this afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

Also, river flooding continues today, with the Missouri River at Parkville, which includes Wyandotte County, in moderate flood stage and declining.

The Kansas River near the state line in Wyandotte County is declining and has just declined from minor flood stage to action stage.

More rain is in the forecast from Thursday evening through Monday. The additional rain is not expected to increase the river levels but it could mean that the rivers will remain at elevated levels longer than otherwise.

A few of the storms this afternoon could be strong, with an isolated severe storm possible, the weather service said. The storms could produce pea to quarter-sized hail and winds 40 to 60 mph. From a tenth to a quarter-inch of rain is possible.

Wyandotte County is in the least risk area for storms, with a 20 percent chance of rain today. Rain moved through the area earlier this morning, and could return again.

A slight chance of showers will begin from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, followed by more rain or storm chances after 1 p.m., the weather service said.

Today’s high will be near 73 with mostly cloudy skies changing to sunny, the weather service said. A north northwest wind of 5 to 15 mph will gust as high as 23 mph.

Tonight, it will be clear with a low of 50, according to the weather service. A north northwest wind of 8 to 13 mph will become light northwest after midnight, with winds gusting as high as 20 mph.

Thursday, it will be sunny with a high near 75 and a calm wind, the weather service said.

Thursday night, there will be a 20 percent chance of showers after 1 a.m., with increasing clouds and a low of 59, according to the weather service. A calm wind will become south aroun 6 mph after midnight.

Friday, there is a 40 percent chance of showers before 1 p.m., with a high near 77, the weather service said. A south wind of 6 to 11 mph will gust as high as 26 mph.

Friday night, there is a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, with a low of 65, according to the weather service. Less than a tenth of an inch is possible.

Saturday, it will be mostly cloudy with a high near 86, the weather service said.

Saturday night, there is a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, with a low of 66, according to the weather service.

Sunday, there is a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, with a high near 84, the weather service said.

Sunday night, there is a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, with a low of 65, according to the weather service.

Monday, there is a 30 percent chance of showers with a high of 82, the weather service said.

Monday night, it will be mostly cloudy with a low of 65, according to the weather service.

Tuesday, the high will be near 84 with mostly cloudy skies, the weather service said.

The Missouri River at Parkville, where the gauge is between Wyandotte and Platte counties on I-435 over the Missouri River, is currently in moderate flood stage and declining. (National Weather Service – USGS graphic)
The Kansas River at 23rd Street, where the gauge is at Kansas Avenue and the Kansas-Missouri state line, recently has declined from minor flood stage into action stage. (National Weather Service – USGS graphic)

Sporting KC travels to Minnesota on Wednesday to begin Open Cup chase

Sporting Kansas City will begin the club’s journey in the 2019 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday, traveling to face regional rival Minnesota United FC at the new Allianz Field in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The Fourth Round contest will kick off at 7 p.m., with the winner advancing to the tournament’s Round of 16 on June 18-19.

Wednesday’s win-or-go-home showdown can be seen on ESPN+, a live and on-demand streaming service that launched in 2018.

Set to make their inaugural visit to Allianz Field, Sporting secured a 2-2 draw at Toronto FC last Friday.

Felipe Gutierrez scored twice from the penalty spot in the club’s final MLS match before the Concacaf Gold Cup break, but Toronto salvaged a last-gasp equalizer in the 95th minute through Jordan Hamilton to deny Sporting their first road win of the season.

Led by head coach Adrian Heath, Minnesota dropped their third straight game on Saturday in a 1-0 decision at the Colorado Rapids.

The Loons had enjoyed a strong start to the 2019 campaign – Minnesota has five shutouts this season after recording just two in all of 2018 – but recent struggles have stemmed the momentum. Game-changing forward Darwin Quintero leads the Loons with five goals, while MLS debutant Romain Metanire has a team-best six assists.

A combination of injuries and international duty will require both teams to flex their depth on Wednesday.

Sporting remains without European quartet Botond Barath, Nico Hasler Krisztian Nemeth and Johnny Russell – all of whom ventured abroad to represent their countries in UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying – while captain Matt Besler is questionable with a hamstring strain.

On the opposite sideline, former Sporting defender Ike Opara will miss a reunion opportunity after being ruled out with an undisclosed injury. Influential midfielder Osvaldo Alonso (quad) and forward Abu Danladi (hamstring) will also miss the game.

Sporting and Minnesota will meet in the U.S. Open Cup Fourth Round for the fourth time in six years.

Manager Peter Vermes’ side has prevailed on each of the previous three occasions, cruising on home turf in 2014 and 2017 and claiming an extra-time road win in 2016 – the final year that Minnesota competed in the North American Soccer League before moving to MLS. The matchup is one of five all-MLS fixtures in the 2019 U.S. Open Cup Fourth Round.

The trip to Minnesota marks another destination for Sporting during a travel-heavy month of June, which sees the club play four MLS away matches before returning to Children’s Mercy Park on July 3 to play LAFC. Sporting currently occupy 10th place in the Western Conference with a 3-5-7 record (16 points), while Minnesota are seventh in the West at 6-7-3 (21 points).

Sporting owns four Open Cup titles in team history, tied with the Chicago Fire and Seattle Sounders FC for the most among MLS clubs. Vermes has guided the side to three Open Cup championships over the last seven seasons, hoisting the trophy in 2012, 2015 and 2017 to go with the club’s first title in 2004.

The 2019 U.S. Open Cup winner will claim $300,000 in prize money, a berth in the 2020 Concacaf Champions League and have its name engraved on the Dewar Challenge Trophy, one of the oldest trophies in American team sports and now on display at the National Soccer Hall of Fame in Frisco, Texas.

The runner-up will earn $100,000, while the club that advances the furthest from each lower division below Major League Soccer will secure $25,000. The 2019 edition will unfold in a single-elimination format through the final in late August.

The U.S. Open Cup has crowned a champion annually since 1914, making it the oldest ongoing soccer competition in the U.S. and the world’s third-longest continuously running soccer tournament. In 1999, the competition was renamed to honor American soccer pioneer Lamar Hunt, who owned Kansas City’s MLS club from its founding until 2006.

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Reports of shots fired near 1500 block of North 78th

Police responded to reports of shots fired into an occupied dwelling about 11:51 a.m. on Tuesday near the 1500 block of North 78th in Kansas City, Kansas.

According to a police spokesman, there were no injuries.

Several persons were detailed as police are continuing to investigate the case, the spokesman stated.