More rain and storms on the way

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The active weather pattern continues for KAKEland with shower and storm chances stretching into early next week. These storms will likely bring more flooding rain to our soggy state along with large hail, high wind gusts and even a few more tornadoes.

Friday will bring another chance of strong and severe storms to KAKEland and like Thursday the day will start off with some early morning shower and thunderstorm activity in South Central Kansas. During the early to mid-afternoon storms are expected to intensify along and south of a line from McPherson to Medicine Loge. More storms will be possible in Wichita during the mid-afternoon hours and a few could be severe. The most likely threats Friday afternoon will be large hail over 1” and wind gusts over 60mph.  While a tornado or two can’t be completely ruled out the threat for twisters is looking quite low in KAKEland.

More showers and storms are expected across KAKEland over the long holiday weekend. At this time it appears that the majority of Saturday, during the daylight hours, will be dry across KAKEland but storms will return late. Storms are expected to fire up in Southwest Kansas late on Saturday before moving north and east during the evening and overnight. Early on while storms are isolated, large hail possibly topping 2” and a few tornadoes will be possible. As storms slide east, they will likely merge together into a line segment and the threat will shift more toward high wind gusts that could top 65mph. Storms will exit KAKEland to the east, late Saturday into very early Sunday morning.

Like Saturday, Sunday will bring another chance of showers and storms and they will start off in Southwest Kansas. These storms are expected to track northeast late Sunday into very early Monday. While the details and specifics are not quite as clear on Sunday, these storms will likely produce large hail and high wind and possibly even a few tornadoes.

With numerous rounds of thunderstorms in the forecast, flooding remains a concern across KAKEland. A flood watch for much of North and South Central Kansas is in effect through Saturday morning. Through the day on Saturday, Southwest Kansas along with North and South Central Kansas could see rainfall totals between 1-3” with locally higher totals possible. Northwest Kansas will likely see lower totals during this time period with most spots seeing less than 1”. A break in the soggy weather pattern is expected as we get into the middle and end of next week.

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