Snow and severe weather possible for KAKEland

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for the following counties until 10 p.m. Monday:  Allen, Bourbon, Butler, Chase, Chautauqua, Cherokee, Cowley, Crawford, Elk, Greenwood, Labette, Montgomery, Neosho, Wilson and Woodson. 


Forecast:

A powerful area of low pressure tracking across the southern plains will bring a wide range of weather to KAKEland Monday into Tuesday.

This low will draw cold air into Western Kansas throughout the day Monday with rain and even flurries possible. A good idea to have the coat handy, a gnarly north wind will create a blustery day for all of Western Kansas. As temperatures continue to fall, light rain could change to light accumulating snow for extreme Northwest KAKEland with a Trace to 1” of accumulation possible through Tuesday morning. Accumulation should be limited to “soft surfaces” like grass and patio furniture with the pavement warm enough to melt it off.

As mentioned, severe weather will be possible during the afternoon and evening for South Central and Southeast Kansas Monday afternoon. This area does include Wichita, but the best ingredients for severe weather will likely occur east of I-35/I-135. Look for initial storm development between 4-6pm. Storms that develop in the threat area could produce hail over 1”, wind gusts over 60mph and even an isolated tornado. Storms will track east out of KAKEland during the late evening hours. 

The cold air that invades Western Kansas Monday night into Tuesday will likely bring frost and potentially a freeze. Sensitive plants should be covered up in extreme Northwest Kansas if you want to save them. Much cooler highs and quieter weather will settle in Tuesday decrease clouds and high temperatures in the 40s and 50s.

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