The drill is being conducted by the National Weather Service offices in Minnesota and Wisconsin as they issue mock tornado watches and tornado warnings. The main risks from severe thunderstorms will be damaging wind gusts, tornadoes, and large hail.
A hard freeze is expected for the Kansas City area, and sensitive outdoor plants should be protected tonight, the weather service said.
The Weather Service recommends that residents use the drills to practice what you would do if it were a real tornado. "Then it will be moving out", he said. Strong winds, large hail, and isolated tornadoes will be possible with any storms that achieve severe limits. Despite sunshine, temperatures are only forecast to reach a high of 60 degrees.
As the day cools further into the evening, there is a chance of a mix of rain and snow and possibly graupel, also known as soft hail, on Tuesday.
As of 9:12 a.m. this morning, the Red Flag Warning was in effect until 8 p.m. for gusty winds and low relative humidity.
April tornadoes are relatively rare, with just 1.2 reported on average, according DNR records.
Wind gusts were expected to be around 40 miles per hour late Sunday night into early Monday morning and then diminish throughout the day, he said. Two Fit Blendz employees said besides a few tossed shingles the building didn't sustain any damage, and no one was hurt.
Flash Flood Watches has been posted for the western half of the state and will last throughout the rest of our Saturday evening. That means the relatively highest threat likely exists from Montgomery west and south. areas generally along and west of I-65.