Memorial Day weekend forecast

Severe storms likely Saturday
Posted at 11:40 AM, May 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-26 12:40:05-04

This weekend marks the unofficial start to summer and many will be celebrating outside at the lake or pool. This time of year also means thunderstorms may be in the forecast! Unlike last year, most of the weekend is pleasant and dry with the exception of Saturday.

Saturday will be stormy and we want you to be weather aware especially if your traveling out of town from Oklahoma, south central Missouri, Illinois or Arkansas.

Although the severe storms are not expected to roll through until the evening and overnight, keep your eyes to the sky for the entire day. Here's more on what you can expect.

TIMING: Expect storms between 5 p.m. - 12 a.m. They travel west to east, starting in northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas, reaching Kansas City around 7 p.m. and Warrensburg and Sedalia by 9 p.m., completely clearing around midnight.

RISKS: Scattered severe storms are most likely from Topeka, Kansas City, St. Joseph, Chillicothe & Marshall. Numerous severe storms mainly southeast of Kansas City and includes Clinton, Butler and Sedalia.

IMPACTS: All severe weather modes are possible. The storms will most likely produce damaging wind and hail, although an isolated tornado is also possible.

WHAT TO DO: If outside, find shelter immediately! Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors! You'll want to find a sturdy location if a severe thunderstorm moves through. Keep your Storm Shield weather app handy during this time. It can alert you immediately if any warnings are issued near your location.

REST OF THE HOLIDAY: Once the storms clear overnight Saturday, we're looking at abundant sunshine and seasonal temperatures in the upper 70s to near 80 degrees. Enjoy and have a safe Memorial Day weekend!