Kansas City area placed on flood watch as more heavy rain is forecast

Marc LaVoie
October 09, 2018 - 6:22 am

The National Weather Service office in Pleasant Hill, Missouri says a Flood Watch is in effect for the entire Kansas City Metropolitan area through Wednesday morning, as more heavy rain is expected in the area.

An additional 1.58 inches of rain fell during the 24-hour period ending at 1:00 a.m. Tuesday. More thunderstorms are in the forecast for the late afternoon and evening on Tuesday, with heavy rainfall and hail among the key threats.

"We've seen already a quick response on rivers and streams, and a bit of flash flooding from storms we had late Monday night into Tuesday morning," said Ryan Cutter, meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Pleasant Hill. "That scenario looks like it could play out again (Tuesday) evening."

The concern is widespread.

"We are pretty much primed for any kind of flooding across the metropolitan area, and the surrounding rural areas, also," Cutter said.

Once the rain passes, the focus shifts to cooler temperatures. Daytime highs are expected in the 50s later in the week, with overnight lows dipping into the 40s and even the 30s by the weekend, Cutter said. 

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