Heavy rains likely over holiday weekend

Rainfall predictions through Monday. (National Weather Service graphic)
Rainfall predictions through Monday. (National Weather Service graphic)

As the Memorial Day weekend begins, forecasters have their eye on rain predicted throughout the weekend.

Today, there might be a few stray late afternoon or evening showers in the west, the weather service said.

Scattered showers and storms are predicted for Saturday, with no severe storms, according to the weather service.

Several rounds of showers and storms may hit Saturday night and continue into Sunday evening, likely resulting in widespread 1-inch to 2-inch rains, the weather service said.

Renewed flooding problems are possible through the holiday weekend, especially for locations that received heavy rainfall last weekend, according to the weather service.

Today’s high will be near 66 with a slight, 20 percent, chance of showers after noon, the weather service said.
The chance of rain increases to 40 percent tonight.

For Saturday, the high will be near 68, with a 50 percent chance of rain, the weather service said.

Saturday night, the chance of rain is 90 percent. The low will be around 62. Some of the showers and thunderstorms could produce heavy rainfall Saturday night, according to the weather service.

Sunday, there is a 90 percent chance of precipitation with a high near 72, the weather service said.

Sunday night, expect a 60 percent chance of rain with a low of 63, according to the weather service.

Monday, Memorial Day, the forecast is a 30 percent chance of precipitation with a high near 78, according to the weather service. Monday night, the chance of precipitation is 40 percent, with a low of 64, the weather service said.

Severe weather potential Sunday to Sunday evening. (National Weather Service graphic)
Severe weather potential Sunday to Sunday evening. (National Weather Service graphic)

Today will be sunny; rain in forecast for several days starting Friday night

A seven-day total precipitation forecast for the Kansas City area and region, ending Wednesday, May 27, shows about 2.5 inches of precipitation. (National Weather Service graphic)
A seven-day total precipitation forecast for the Kansas City area and region, ending Wednesday, May 27, shows about 2.5 inches of precipitation. (National Weather Service graphic)

Today could be one of the driest days of the next few days, including the Memorial Day holiday.

Dry weather today is expected to continue through much of Friday, and then showers and storms are expected to redevelop Friday night, according to the National Weather Service.

Rain could continue through early next week, the weather service said.

Locally heavy rains will be possible as moisture transported from the Gulf of Mexico becomes unimpeded, the weather service stated.

Additional flooding problems will be possible in the region through the weekend and early next week, the weather service stated.

A glance at the weather service’s hydrology charts today showed that the Missouri River and Kansas River in Wyandotte County are still well below the action stage and well below the flood stage. Turkey Creek at Southwest Boulevard is well below flood stage.

Some towns along the Missouri River, such as Sibley and Napoleon in Missouri, are showing near flooding or flooding, according to the hydrology charts.

The Platte River near Platte City, Mo., also is showing minor flooding, with the river in flood stage, the hydrology charts showed.

Today, skies will be sunny with a high near 65, according to the weather service. Tonight’s low will be around 49.

Friday, there is a 20 percent chance of showers, with a high near 66, according to the weather service. Friday night, the chance of rain is 40 percent, with a low of 54.

Saturday, expect mostly cloudy skies, a high near 70, and a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, the weather service said. Saturday night, there will be a low of 62, with a 70 percent chance of rain, according to the weather service.

On Sunday, there is an 80 percent chance of occasional showers and thunderstorms, with a high near 73, according to the weather service.

On Monday, Memorial Day, there is a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, the weather service said.

Rain is also in the forecast through Wednesday, according to the weather service.