A few severe storms possible late Wednesday

Posted: Updated:
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

A cold front will sweep across KAKEland Wednesday evening. This cold front will bring cooler air to all of Kansas and could even spark a few storms that could turn severe.

The cold front will slide across KAKEland from the Northwest to the Southeast through the day Wednesday. Ahead of the front highs should warm into the upper 70s to mid 80s for Western Kansas with the lower 80s for North and South Central Kansas. Storms along the front should be confined for North Central and South Central Kansas. The storms will initially develop in North Central Kansas after 5pm, around Salina and then slowly sink southward toward Wichita. Look for storms in South Central Kansas around Wichita after 10pm. 

While widespread severe weather is not expected, a few storms along the front could produce high wind gusts that could top 60mph and hail stones larger than 1". While it looks fairly unlikely at this time, a stray tornado producing storm can't be completely counted out. The severe threat will greatly diminish during the late evening and overnight.

Light rain showers and isolated thunderstorms could linger into Thursday morning for South Central Kansas while the rest of the state will be dry. High temperatures will be much cooler on Thursday with highs in the mid to upper 60s with a mix of sun and clouds.

Stay tuned for forecast updates and alerts through the afternoon. We’ll keep you up to speed with our Interactive Radar and LIVE weather coverage. Get those features and more on the free First Alert Weather App. With the app you can track storms in your area, stream the latest forecast videos and live severe weather coverage, and set customized alerts to keep you and your family informed and safe.

In the event of severe weather, click here to follow KAKE First Alert Storm Trackers in the field.

Check out these photos from across KAKEland snapped by our viewers, staff and local officials. Do you have pictures to share with us? Email them to news@kake.com.

MORE SLIDESHOWS HERE

  • Most Popular Stories

    • Father of Lucas Hernandez talks about the night he found Emily Glass dead

      In a podcast that aired Friday, Johnathan Hernandez revealed what happened the night he found his girlfriend, 27-year-old Emily Glass, shot to death in her home. 

    • Amber Alert for Kansas City teen canceled

      Police issued an update saying, "based on the investigation, we no longer believe Sledge was abducted. We believe she is still endangered and with 18-year-old Anthony King." 

    • Sheriff's office identifies woman killed in shooting near Andover

      Deputies were called just after 10:30 p.m. Wednesday to a shooting in the 3200 block of North 159th Street East.

    • Drivers say contaminated diesel causing thousands of dollars in damage

      At least a dozen of you called KAKE News On Your Side Investigates, saying the fuel at one pump is costing them thousands and thousands of dollars in damage. 

    • Police looking for man using stolen credit cards

      Police say he came in several times with different women, each time he used a stolen credit card to buy hundreds of dollars worth of items. 

    • Haysville motorcycle crash leaves two people in critical condition

      Ronnie Kondo has lived in the same, quiet, Haysville neighborhood for nearly 8 years now and he said accidents like this one happen all the time. “It’s a huge blind spot. If you’re speeding, there’s no time to react to anything,” Kondo said. 

    • Family of missing Kansas veteran Ashley Meiss claim 'foul play'

      National headlines continue to follow the disappearance of Kansas veteran Ashley Meiss. The mother of two was last seen in Ogden, Kansas on May 18th.  Initially, Ashley's family thought her on-going battle with PTSD, bouts of depression and pending divorce drove her to escape.  Now that doesn't look to be the story.

    • Body cam video shows Wichita police shooting that injured girl

      Dexter Betts and other officers responded December 30 to the report of a domestic disturbance and suicidal person at a home near 13th and Hillside.

    • 2 critically hurt in crash in Haysville

      Dispatch confirms two people have suffered critical injuries in an accident that occurred near Timbercreek and Seneca, in Haysville. 

    • Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued for western Kansas

      A line of storms, some expected to be severe with damaging winds in excess of 70 mph, will move across northwest Kansas and sink southeast through late Friday afternoon and evening.