Tornado Watch issued for parts of southern Kansas

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

A Tornado Watch until 11 p.m. Tuesday has been issued for portions of southern Kansas, including the city of Wichita. 

The following counties are included in the watch:  Barber, Butler, Chautauqua, Clark, Comanche, Cowley, Edwards, Elk, Ford, Gray, Greenwood, Harper, Haskell, Kingman, Kiowa, Meade, Pratt, Sedgwick and Sumner.

See forecast information below.

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An active spring weather pattern will bring the threat of severe storms to KAKEland through Wednesday. Large hail, high wind, isolated tornadoes and flooding rain will be concerns through the middle of the week, especially across South Central Kansas.

TUESDAY

Look for storms to fire up in Southwest Kansas between 5-8pm Tuesday. At this time the severe weather, Tuesday evening into the overnight, looks to be positioned across Southern KAKEland with locations along and North of Interstate 70 receiving a pass. Isolated storms could once again produce large hail over 1.5", wind gusts to 60mph and even an isolated tornado or two. Storms will likely merge into a line as we head into the evening hours and as a result the tornado and hail threat will fade as high wind gusts become the primary concern. The storms will track east into the overnight and will likely not get to Wichita until close to midnight and the most likely threats will be heavy rain and high wind gusts.

WEDNESDAY

A strong cold front will sweep across KAKEland late Wednesday into Thursday and this will eventually signal the end of the severe weather threat across the state, but ahead of that front is where storms could once again form and they could also pack a punch. The severe weather threat area on Wednesday is shifted into South Central and Southeast Kansas ahead of the cold front. Storms in the afternoon and evening that form ahead and along this front could produce large hail over 1" in diameter, high wind gusts over 60mph and even an isolated tornado or two. At this time, it appears that the greatest tornado threat will be placed a bit south and east of KAKEland but we can't rule out a few severe storms in KAKEland that try to produce tornadoes.

In additions to the threat of severe weather, flooding concerns increase after 4 days of thunderstorms, many creeks, rivers and ponds in South Central Kansas will be very full. A flash flood watch is in effect through Wednesday and flood warnings will likely continue into the weekend.  At all costs, avoid flooded roadways across KAKEland.

This forecast involves lots of "moving parts" meaning the weather on any given day has the potential to impact the next several days. This forecast will evolve and change and for that reason it is important to stay on top of the latest forecasts and alerts. We’ll keep you up to date 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.