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Sunday, April 07, 2013

CSW WEATHER: "Slight Risk" of Severe Thunderstorms Later Today for Metro-Western MetroRegion Kansas City

The National Weather Service's (NWS) Storm Prediction Center (SPC) latest "convective (thunderstorm) outlook" has Metro- and the western portions of the Kansas City MetroRegion in an area with a "slight risk" of severe thunderstorms forecasted today through early Monday morning.

The main severe weather threat in Metro KC should be possible large hail and damaging winds- as well as heavy rainfall- but an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.

Severe weather shouldn't arrive in the KC area until after 4pm. 

On Monday- the current SPC severe storm outlook is for areas west of Metro KC- but the delineation of severe comes as close as Lawrence KS..

Severe storms are still outlooked over most of MetroRegion KC on Tuesday- and the SPC has mentioned the possibility of upgrading the severe risk to moderate.

Tuesday's severe weather will be of all hazards- including tornadoes.

On the cold side of this large- slow-moving storm- travel in the west and northwest Central States will become increasingly difficult beginning later Monday.

Winter Storm Watches are already in effect from southern South Dakota southwestward into Colorado.

If you're heading west on Interstates 70 or 80 toward Denver or Cheyenne- best to be there by midday Monday.

Also- the storm-total rainfall forecasts remain steady.

Two to 3.5-inches of rain are forecast by the NWS Hydro Prediction Center (HPC) over much of MetroRegion Kansas City by the time the storm system exits the area on Wednesday.

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