What to expect from storms Saturday and Sunday

The National Weather Service in Louisville has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Ohio County and most of the surrounding area. The greatest risks will be for large hail (2"+), damaging winds (80 mph) and a few isolated tornadoes". Still, the lower level jet will be sufficiently tilted to keep a severe weather threat in place here, and any storms that develop during the afternoon hours could become strong or severe.

A cold front from Oklahoma is expected to move into the area overnight, bringing temperatures down to the mid 80s for Sunday and Monday, he said.

At 6:30 pm, radar indicated wind gusts of 80 miles per hour in eastern McCracken County. Dry weather continues on Tuesday for central Kansas with storm chances increasing in the west. Storm chances increase for the entire state Wednesday through the end of the week. Any of these thunderstorms have the potential to be strong or even severe. Look for storms crossing into Kansas between 5-8pm. However, after 3 p.m., storms will blossom rapidly over western Missouri and quickly grow into an expansive complex of fast moving, violent wind producing storms, what we call a "DERECHO".

Travelers waiting under the overpass on I-70 at Kanorado during Thursday hail storm.

More severe storms will be possible on Sunday mainly in northwest parts of the state, according to the Storm Prediction Center.

Afternoon activity is scattered with large hail, damaging winds and an isolated tornado possible.

Then there's good news for the rest of the holiday weekend. Sunshine is expected to return on Memorial Day.

"We are expecting the potential for hail up to the size of baseballs with some of these storms", he said.

  • Joanne Flowers