Much-needed rain expected for Kansas City area this week

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KANSAS CITY, Mo.– Even though the Kansas City Chiefs lost to the Buffalo Bills, something good did happen Sunday night. We finally had some widespread rain in the area — and it rained hard!

Anyone who went to the game and sat around during that hour-long rain delay after halftime could tell you that.

Totals Monday across Kansas City were anywhere between 1-3 inches, which was a huge help. Before Sunday night, we haven’t seen half an inch of rain (or more) in a single day since Sept. 4!

The thin strip of red indicates those 3 and 4-inch totals.

Some three- and four-plus inch totals were found just west of Kansas City in eastern Kansas from additional downpours late last night as well.

We all know that the pattern had been really dry before this. Coming off a dry September and first part of October, dry conditions spread quickly across the Midwest.

Wide view of drought conditions in Kansas and Missouri from last Thursday.
A local view of drought conditions around Kansas City from last Thursday.

We should see a good amount of improvement with the next Drought Monitor update this Thursday.

There will also be another opportunity for even more rain as our next system comes through the area Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. Outside of another chance for severe weather, especially for central and eastern Kansas, more widespread rain is possible.

Possible rain totals after the Tuesday-Wednesday system. An additional 0.25 to 1 inch of rain is possible in our area.

A third chance comes on Friday, and confidence is growing around rain totals between 0.25-1 inch. Stay tuned this week for more updates on Friday.

Hopefully the next two rounds come to fruition because the long-range outlook does not look good for additional rain after this week. Skies will dry out for the weekend, so that’s good for outdoor plans at least.

Drier-than-average conditions may return to the Metro once again by the third week of the month.

For the middle and end of the month, the trend will likely become drier yet again, but still, that doesn’t mean no precipitation at all. Again, we’ll try to soak up all the rain we can now.

And it’s also important to note that we’ve recorded measurable snowfall (greater than or equal to a tenth of an inch) in each of the last three Octobers. So we’re not far away from that time of the year where snow CAN BE possible.

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