More storms possible for KAKEland

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Heavy rain Sunday through Wednesday morning has left many areas across North and South Central Kansas flooded and the flood waters will remain a concern through Thursday as more rain is in the forecast. Showers and storms will slide across KAKEland on Wednesday and a few could even be strong and possibly even severe with high wind, large hail and even a brief tornado or two.

A cold front meandering across the state will bring some big changes to KAKEland Wednesday into Thursday. This front will help sweep the severe weather ingredients out of the state but it could spark off a few severe storms as it marched into the eastern half of the state. Scattered showers and storms are expected throughout the morning hours across Western Kansas. While some thunder is possible with these storms as they drift east, they are not expected to turn severe.

By early afternoon these storms will make their way into Central Kansas. These storms will be monitored closely as they approach the I-135 corridor. It is generally along and east of the I-135 corridor where the ingredients for severe weather will be located. High wind will likely be the primary threat as these storms but large hail stones over 1” and even an isolated tornado can’t be ruled out. These storms will track east through the evening hours and will likely exit KAKEland by midnight.

In addition to the severe weather, flooding remains a concern as we go through the day. In many cases rivers are still on the rise and may not crest until late Thursday or Friday and with more rain on the menu, these crests could be extended into the weekend. As of Wednesday morning, numerous roads have been closed across South Central Kansas, including both the north and southbound lanes of the Kansas Turnpike South of Wellington.

The cold front that brings the rain and storms to KAKEland Wednesday will be responsible for a big time cool down. Morning lows on Thursday and Friday will be in the 30s and some spots in Northwest Kansas could even see frost.

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