Today’s temperatures to reach 72 degrees

Fog this morning is giving way to dry conditions for the rest of the day, according to the National Weather Service.

Showers and storms will be possible overnight across east-central Kansas and western Missouri.

A cold front will move south across the region beginning Saturday, accompanied by showers and storms. Severe weather is not expected.

Today’s high will be 72 degrees, with an east wind of 7 to 10 mph.

Tonight, there will be a 20 percent of showers after 1 a.m. The low will be 64.

On Friday, skies will be partly sunny, with a high near 85. Winds will be from 9 to 14 mph from the south, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

On Saturday, expect a 30 percent chance of showers, and a high near 84.

Sunday, skies will be sunny and temperatures will reach 79.

Event to benefit abused, neglected children

A casual speakeasy-inspired evening of food, music, fun and fundraising will help CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) serve local abused and neglected children who are under court protection.

The Hops amd Barley Ball to benefit CASA of Johnson and Wyandotte Counties will be held from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at the Dark Horse Distillery, 11740 W. 86th Terrace, in Lenexa, Kan.

The Prohibition Era-themed Hops and Barley Ball will feature an open bar of Dark Horse liquor, beer and wine; dining stations; live swing jazz music by Tim Whitmer and the KC Express; and a silent auction. There also will be a giving tree on site for guests to directly contribute to the program by sponsoring a CASA child.

The Hops and Barley Ball will raise funds to train and support more CASA volunteers to advocate for the dramatically increased number of abused or neglected children under court protection in Johnson and Wyandotte counties. Through contact with the child, family members, and other interested parties, a CASA volunteer provides critical information to the judge, so the best possible decisions can be made regarding where that child should live and what medical, educational, and therapeutic services they need.

Studies show that children assigned a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) are far less likely to be re-abused and far more likely to find a safe, permanent home. For the past two years, 95 percent of children with a CASA volunteer had not re-entered the Johnson or Wyandotte County courts.

While 413 abused and neglected children had 170 special friends by their side as they navigated the child welfare and court system last year, that is only one-third of the children under court protection. CASA’s goal is for every child to have a CASA volunteer to serve as their voice and advocate in court.

Although each case is different, a CASA volunteer usually spends about 10 hours a month meeting with the child, speaking with others involved, and attending meetings or court hearings. Hours are flexible and can be completed within the limits of even the most hectic schedule. There is no need for any special skills or education – just a background check, training, and a heart for helping children.

Critically important to funding volunteer training, the Hops and Barley Ball is presented by Performance Contracting Group. Lead sponsors are Black and Veatch, Lentz Clark Deines, Lockton Companies, and UMB Bank. Additional sponsors include Arvest Bank, Country Club Bank, EnerSys, Financial Advisory Service, First National Bank, First Watch Restaurants, Grant Thornton, Greater Kansas City Kappa Alpha Theta Alumnae, KC Cause, Lee Jeans, Oldcastle Materials, Precision Printing, Schlimmer Law, Smith and Loveless, The Bessenbacher Co., and Village West Discount Liquors.

Tickets can be purchased at or by phone at 913-715-4035.

Scattered showers possible Wednesday and Thursday

Scattered showers and storms are still in today’s forecast through 10 a.m., according to the National Weather Service.

Rain fell earlier this morning in Wyandotte County.

The high will be near 80 today, with a calm wind becoming east around 6 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight, isolated showers and storms are possible after 7 p.m. The low will be 63. The chance of rain is 20 percent.

Thursday also will have a 20 percent chance of rain, with a high near 77.

Friday, look for sunny skies with a high near 85. Winds will be south-southeast from 9 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.

This weekend, heavier rains are likely south of Chanute and Wichita, Kan., as the moisture will be tied to the remnants of Hurricane Odile, according to the weather service.

Saturday, there’s a 60 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms in the forecast for Wyandotte County, with a high near 79.

Sunday, skies will be sunny with a high near 79.