Archive for April, 2017

Williams’s Wrap: Rain Isn’t Done Yet
April 30, 2017

The worst of our weekend rain event is done. We’ll still see some scattered showers through Sunday afternoon and evening. Additional amounts should be around .25″. It’ll still be chilly with highs in the mid 50s (in the Metro). It’ll be a few degrees cooler to the north and warmer to the south and east. Flood Warnings are in effect for areas south and east of the Metro until 1:15pm Monday. Those same areas are also under Flash Flood Watch until 12am Monday.


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A few showers are possible during the overnight with a light shower or sprinkles left by the time everyone heads off to work. Skies start to clear Monday afternoon, eventually turning partly cloudy by the evening. Highs to start the work week will be in the mid/upper 50s, once again being worthy of a jacket.


Ronelle Williams
Meteorologist (CBM) | KCTV5 News
4500 Shawnee Mission Pkwy
Fairway, KS 66205
T: 913-677-7235

Williams’s Wrap: Weekend Flooding Possible
April 29, 2017


Now that weekend showers are here, they’re not going anywhere. Which means there’s a threat of flash flooding in the area. Mainly for counties south and east of the Metro. Counties highlighted in green could see 3-4″ of rain by Sunday evening. If you come across a flooded roadway this weekend, remember, “Turn Around, Don’t Drown”.

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Severe weather isn’t expected but we’ll hear rumbles of thunder at times Saturday. By Sunday morning, rain won’t be as heavy or as widespread, but we’ll still have a chance of scattered showers through the day. Temperatures over the weekend will be chilly in the low to mid 50s before they warm back up through next week.


Ronelle Williams
Meteorologist (CBM) | KCTV5 News
4500 Shawnee Mission Pkwy
Fairway, KS 66205
T: 913-677-7235

Teachman’s Take: One Long Soggy Stretch
April 28, 2017

Scattered rain showers will be sliding north/northeast this morning.  These showers should be mostly finished with the exception of areas north of 36 Highway by the lunch hour.
Cloudy skies with a few sprinkles & breaks of sunshine are expected this afternoon.  Temps should be able to rebound into the lower 60s.
This weekend — WOW!!
Rain arrives around dawn on Saturday and sticks around through Monday morning!  The latest models show the heaviest in the southeastern portions of our viewing area (closer to the I-44 corridor).  Waves of moderate to heavy rain will pass through during the day.  I’m not seeing a decent window for any dry skies which isn’t good news for the Sporting KC and Royals games.
And Sunday, isn’t much better!  I can see a small break in the rain during the late afternoon and early evening hours as the dry slot punches through.
A FLASH FLOOD WATCH that goes into effect at 7 PM Friday and stays in effect through 7 PM Sunday.
In the area under the watch, I can easily see anywhere from 3″ to 4″ of rain total through Sunday evening.  As for the metro, who is NOT in the watch, I can see 2″ to 3″ of rain.
This will be a soaker of a weekend and unfortunately, just about all outdoor activities will be canceled if not miserable if held outside.  Temps over the weekend will be in the lower to middle 50s.  Rain departs Monday morning.  There’s a slight chance for a few passing showers Tuesday and Wednesday.  We’ll dig out of the chill and arrive back into the upper 60s and lower 70s as early as next Tuesday.
Take care,

Teachman’s Take: Damp Days Ahead
April 27, 2017

It’s a cold start with temps dipping into the 30s as one batch of clouds departs.

Even though the morning starts off with quite a bit of sunshine, it won’t stay this way.  Clouds will increase this afternoon.  Showers are likely after 5 PM.

We won’t be able to warm up much by afternoon — only to 60.

Rain showers are likely Friday morning, north of I-70.

The evening still looks dry.  Highs will be in the lower 60s.  Over the weekend, rain plagues both days.  I’m seeing a small window of dry skies for early outdoor plans on Saturday.  But, as the morning goes on, it becomes soggy.  This rain will linger into Sunday.  We could get away with a few hours midday Sunday where it’s just cloudy.  I tell you what, it’s just not looking great for spending any long stretches of time outdoors.  Temps will be unseasonably cool in the 50s.  Sunshine returns next Monday before a few more showers arrive during the Tuesday through Thursday time frame.  Highs next week will be hovering in the 60s.

Take care,


Teachman’s Take: Fall’s Return Today!
April 26, 2017

A few showers will linger through the lunch hour and the drive home.

Any shower the rest of the day shouldn’t be too heavy.  It will remain cloudy and cool with temps hovering in the middle 40s to the lower 50s.  Winds will be breezy from the north/northwest at 10 to 20 MPH, gusting to 25.   

The system responsible for today’s chilly air & showers will produce severe storms to our south.  Tornadoes are likely in Arkansas and Louisiana by afternoon.  

Most of Thursday looks quiet with partly to mostly cloudy skies.  Temperatures will bounce back to the lower 60s.  Toward evening, rain will return.  Not expecting anything severe at this point.  Temperatures will be in the lower 60s.  

Friday morning looks wet due to additional rain with drier skies for the Royals game against the Twins during the evening.  Saturday still looks like a washout right now with showers from the time folks get up to the time they go to bed.  Rain begins to taper Sunday morning.  We may still be able to salvage some of the weekend for outdoor activities.  Temps will be in the middle 50s both Saturday and Sunday, which is pretty cool for this time of year.  A brief breather on Monday with mostly sunny skies and temps back into the middle 60s.  More rain is on tap next Tuesday into Wednesday as highs climb to the upper 60s and lower 70s.  

Take care,


Teachman’s Take: Tuesday’s Strong Storm Chance
April 25, 2017

Showers have moved out of our area for this morning.  Expect to see more clouds than sunshine today.  Winds won’t be as strong, but still breezy this afternoon with gusts up to 25 MPH.  By lunch, temps will approach 70.  This afternoon, we’re running for the middle 70s!

When it comes to thunderstorm development, areas along I-35 and points to the south/southeast will be in the prime lineup any time after 6 PM.  Storms approach downtown KC around 8 PM.  Most of our viewing area should be finished with these stronger storms by midnight, at the latest.   

A storm or two could produce large hail and/or gusty winds.  The Slight Risk for today has been inched farther north to now include the metro:


Showers and thunderstorms are likely into the Wednesday AM commute.  There could be a few pockets of heavier rain.  But, we’ll see the trend start to dwindle as we get closer to dawn.  Temps will be significantly cooler in the middle 50s.  

Most of Thursday looks dry with rain returning early Friday.  Over the weekend, Saturday still looks wet for the majority of the day.  The rain will taper early Sunday with the afternoon/evening looking dry.  Temps over the weekend will be in the upper 50s and lower 60s.  Sunshine returns next Monday with highs back into the 60s and eventually 70s by Tuesday.  

Take care,


Teachman’s Take: Toasty Start To The Week
April 24, 2017

Highs will easily touch the middle 70s this afternoon with plenty of sunshine.  The winds will also increase and become a gusty problem this afternoon.  While sunshine dominates, the only thing to ruin a perfect day will be the winds gusting to 35 MPH.  With the high temps & winds combined with low amounts of humidity, there is an elevated risk for wildfires.

There is a slight chance for a quick, predawn shower north of downtown Tuesday.  Unsettled skies will stick around from Tuesday night through Wednesday morning with showers & thunderstorms.

Severe potential for Tuesday will be southeast of I-35 after 7 PM.  Kansas City is on the fringe of the Marginal Risk in green.  The yellow is the Slight Risk where the strongest storms will reside (think Joplin/Springfield areas).  An isolated storm could contain larger hail or some brief gusty winds.

We will see an increase of showers & thunderstorms for Wednesday.  The morning commute looks wet and possibly slow.

Wednesday Before Dawn:

Wednesday AM Commute:

Temperatures will dip into the 50s for highs.  Rain chances drop for Thursday as highs remain cool in the 50s.  Rain is likely Friday night through the majority of the weekend.  Saturday looks like a washout with rain wrapping up Sunday morning.  Highs by Friday will rebound into the lower 70s and stay in the 60s next weekend.  Sunshine will be prominent next Monday with highs in the upper 60s.

Take care,


Williams’s Wrap: Perfect Spring Weather…For Now
April 23, 2017

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SUNSHINE will be the word of the day Sunday! There won’t be a cloud in the sky while temperatures warm into the low 70s. Winds will be light too so they won’t be much of a nuisance for outdoor activities. Things stay quiet and clear through the night and then Monday starts with a little chill in the air. Lows fall into the low/mid 40s but another quick rebound follows. Highs make their way into the low/mid 70s under a mostly sunny sky. The only thing to keep in mind is that winds will gust up to 30+ mph.


High pressure continues to do it’s job and keep us dry but it’ll start to break down as a disturbance from the west approaches Monday night. More clouds arrive Tuesday, along with a slight chance for a shower. Better rain chances move in Tuesday night, Wednesday, and stick around through the rest of the week.

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Ronelle Williams
Meteorologist (CBM) | KCTV5 News
4500 Shawnee Mission Pkwy
Fairway, KS 66205
T: 913-677-7235

Williams’s Wrap: From Cloudy To Clear
April 22, 2017


As rain moves out, the Metro could see a few leftover sprinkles during the morning but early patchy rain will favor areas south. Everyone dries out by Noon as clouds start to break and skies turn partly sunny. A breezy north wind will keep highs cooler than normal in the upper 50s/low 60s. Any remaining clouds in the sky will be gone by the evening. So we may be able to get a couple of hours of full on sunshine before the sun goes down.

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Winds become light during the night but they’ll still be out of the north. Combine that with a clear sky and Sunday will start chilly with temperatures in the upper 30s. Your plants should be okay though as temperatures won’t be quite near freezing. We’ll quickly rebound after our chilly start. Highs will be closer to normal in the upper 60s. You’ll also get good use out of your sunglasses, there’ll be sunshine all day with barely a cloud in the sky.


Ronelle Williams
Meteorologist (CBM) | KCTV5 News
4500 Shawnee Mission Pkwy
Fairway, KS 66205
T: 913-677-7235

Amble’s Ramble
April 20, 2017

Have your jacket ready to go this evening and leave it within arms reach when you’re ready to leave the house Friday morning. Cool air will settle in overnight sending the low into the middle 40s by morning. Friday will have more of a March feel to it with mostly overcast skies and a rain chance arriving late in the day. A blustery wind out of the northeast will hold the afternoon high in the 50s.

Next Day

Not everyone will have to deal with rain on Friday in fact very few who live north of I-70 will have to worry about rain gear. Showers will work in from the southwest and barely touch real estate north of the interstate. This will show about the most northern extent of the rain on Friday.


This will not be a whopper of a rain either with most areas picking up less than 1/4″. If you are itching to get in your garden this minuscule amount of moisture shouldn’t impact your desire to get your hands dirty especially by Sunday afternoon.


Looking deep into the forecast pages I don’t see a chance for a hard freeze over the next ten days. That will put us into May so at this time it looks safe to do some early planting. I’ll take a close look at your planting forecast early next week.