October 11, 2012; 2:22 PM
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, a southerly flow will quickly bring in warmer and more humid air during Saturday across western Missouri and eastern Kansas.
Thunderstorms will erupt in the region during the afternoon hours.
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, some of the storms may become severe in the local area from the middle of the afternoon into the early 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.