A large area of thunderstorms from Iowa back into Nebraska and into north central Kansas will gradually push into the area late tonight. While some weakening is likely, I still expect a few storms capable of brief wind gusts, downpours along with frequent lightning. Localized flash flooding is the highest concern with this area of rain should it move into northeastern Kansas and northwestern Missouri which have seen a tremendous amount of rain in recent days.
The trend to watch Friday, do we see a good coverage of showers, t-storms and cloudiness through early afternoon that could work the atmosphere over and prevent it from fully recharging for late day rain chances? At this point, I believe to some extent this is possible but the dynamics coming in late Friday with a strong cold front should still be sufficient enough to kick up at least a 20% to 30% chance of late day showers or a few t-storms until the cold front clears the area daybreak Saturday.
Temperatures Friday will generally hold in the 70s although a few spots could hit 80. Sunshine dominates over the weekend with upper 70s to lower 80s likely across the area.