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Today’s weather: Dry and mild, with a flood warning

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While today will be dry with a high of 79, the National Weather Service has extended the flood warning through 8 p.m. tonight.

Caution is advised for drivers, as some roads in the metropolitan area remain flooded or closed, according to the weather service.

Rivers and streams may continue to respond to the recent heavy rainfall, and some will stay in or near flood stage for the next few days, according to the weather service.

The Missouri River at Kansas City has dropped to 21 feet from its high of 23.8 on Tuesday, according to NOAA flood charts. Flood stage is 32 feet.

The Kansas River in Kansas City, Kansas, at 23rd Street has dropped to 24 feet on Wednesday morning, down from 27.4 feet on Tuesday, according to NOAA charts. Flood stage is 33 feet.

Turkey Creek at Southwest Boulevard has dropped to 48.5 feet on Wednesday, from its high of 55.5 feet on Monday night and Tuesday morning, according to NOAA charts. The flood stage is 61 feet.

On Wednesday morning, Stranger Creek at Easton, Kansas, was in moderate flood stage at 20.9 feet. Flood stage there is 17 feet, according to NOAA charts.

The weather is expected to be dry for the rest of this week.

Tonight, skies will be mostly clear with a low of 60 and a light and variable wind, according to the weather service.

Thursday, it will be sunny with a high near 81 and a calm wind changing to south southeast 5 to 7 in the morning, the weather service said.

Thursday night, expect partly cloudy skies and a low of 63, with a southeast wind of 6 mph, according to the weather service.

Friday, it will be partly sunny with a high near 81 and a south southeast wind of 5 to 7 mph, the weather service said.

Friday night, expect mostly cloudy skies with a low of 63, according to the weather service.

Saturday, it will be mostly sunny with a high near 82, the weather service said.

Saturday night, the low will be around 64 with partly cloudy skies, according to the weather service.

Sunday, expect partly sunny skies with a high near 82, the weather service said.

Levels of the Missouri River at Kansas City. (NOAA chart)

Levels of the Kansas River at 23rd Street in Kansas City, Kansas. (NOAA chart)

Levels of Turkey Creek at Southwest Boulevard. (NOAA chart)

Levels of Stranger Creek at Easton, Kansas. (NOAA chart)


Flood warning extended through 8 p.m. Wednesday

A flood warning for Wyandotte County has been extended through 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23, according to the National Weather Service.

Other area counties also are on the flood warning list, including Leavenworth County, southeastern Atchison County, northern Miami County, Johnson County,, Kan., northern Henry County, northwestern Pettis County, Jackson County, Johnson County, Mo., Cass County, Clay County and southwestern Clinton County.

According to the weather service, law enforcement officers have reported flooding along several area rivers, creeks and streams. Water has been reported over many roads.

A check of the NOAA hydrology charts on Tuesday evening showed the Kansas River and Missouri River are not in flood stage, and have started to recede. They did not reach flood stage on Monday and Tuesday, according to the charts. Turkey Creek has receded to 48.6 feet on Tuesday evening, after reaching a high of 55.5 feet on Monday. Flood stage for Turkey Creek is 61 feet.

Other streams and creeks, however, such as Stranger Creek in Easton, in Leavenworth County, were in flood stage on Tuesday.

Drivers who encounter flooded roads should turn around and not try to drive through them, the weather service said.


K-192 and K-92 closed in Leavenworth County

Update: K-5 at Seven-Mile Creek and K-92 at Stranger Creek in Leavenworth County have now reopened.

K-192 is closed in Easton and the westbound lane of K-92 is closed in Leavenworth County because of Stranger Creek flooding, according to a Kansas Department of Transportation spokesman.

According to NOAA flood charts, some area rivers in flood include the Blue River at Blue Ridge Boulevard in Kansas City, Mo., the Blue River in Stanley, Kan., the Blue River at Bannister Road in Kansas City, Mo., Indian Creek in Overland Park, Kan., and the Little Platte River in Smithville, Mo., besides Stranger Creek in Easton, Kan., and Stranger Creek in Tonganoxie, Kan.