There is the risk of damaging thunderstorms, including the potential for a tornado in the Kansas City area, Saturday.
A strengthening storm system swinging up from California will mark an end to the tranquil weather being experienced over much of the nation in recent weeks. The system will also kick off the secondary severe weather season with a large outbreak of powerful thunderstorms.
After a push of cooler air runs its course Friday, stiff southerly winds will quickly bring in warmer and more humid air during Saturday across western Missouri and eastern Kansas.
The setup will produce storms with the potential for damaging wind gusts, large hail and flash flooding over thousands of square miles of the Plains Friday and Saturday.
Depending on the amount of sunshine and warming that takes place during Saturday in eastern Kansas and western Missouri, some of the storms may become severe in the local area from the middle of the afternoon into the evening.
With this situation, there could be a few tornadoes spawned in the strongest storms stretching from southwestern Wisconsin to eastern Oklahoma.
People with outdoor plans or traveling through the I-35, I-70 and I-80 corridors will want to stay on top of the weather in this potentially dangerous situation.
Sunday will bring a return to more tranquil weather conditions with some sunshine. However, there will be a gusty breeze.
Several storms will bring periods of rain and gusty winds to the west coast of the United States next week with the potential for one of these to reach Southern California.
This weekend will feel dramatically different from earlier this week in the northeastern United States as colder weather, and in some cases, a taste of winter with snow arrives.
Dry weather set to dominate the southern United States into November will only worsen the already extreme drought conditions.
The changing of the seasons will bring beneficial rainfall to northern Brazil, a region that has experienced severe drought over the past several years.
Rain will continue to cause travel delays and raise the risk of isolated flooding in parts of the northeastern United States and Atlantic Canada into Saturday evening.
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