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Tracking showers and storms to end the week

TONIGHT: Increasing clouds with showers and storms possible late. Lows in the lower 70s.

TOMORROW: Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and storms. Humid, with highs in the lower 80s.

EXTENDED: Clouds have started to spread in ahead of some showers and a few storms to our west, but the air looks to be dry enough to keep much of this rain from making it to the ground as it tracks toward Mid-Missouri. More of note is the complex of storms that has already started to develop across central Kansas this afternoon. This looks to move in overnight into early Friday and stick around through tomorrow afternoon. That will squash our chances of seeing triple digit heat indices as temperatures remain in the low to mid-80s. Rain should clear up by mid-late afternoon, leaving us with a dry Friday night. Another disturbance could trigger a round of storms overnight Friday into Saturday morning, but that looks more focused to our north. That said, any rain or cloud cover that makes it into our area will keep us a touch cooler on Saturday. Still, temperatures are likely to reach into the mid-upper 90s on Saturday with a heat index between 100-104 before a cold front moves in Saturday night. We'll have plenty of instability ahead of the front, but a capping inversion or warm layer above the surface may keep storms from developing. If the "cap" holds, we won't see too many storms Saturday night. If it breaks, there's a chance one or two could produce large hail and gusty winds. Right now, the Storm Prediction Center has areas along and north of I-70 in a level 1 out of 5 severe risk for Saturday, and it seems warranted given the low chance we could see a strong storm pop up. The rest of the weekend looks great with highs in the lower 80s Sunday with lower humidity. Next week is comfortable with highs in the low 80s through Tuesday, but we start to heat up toward the end of the week with rain chances returning by Thursday or Friday and highs near 90.

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Jessica Hafner

Jessica Hafner returned to ABC 17 News as chief meteorologist in 2019 after working here under Sharon Ray from 2014 to 2016.

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