Severe storms possible Friday and Saturday

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Two rounds of storms on the way to KAKEland late in the day Friday and Saturday and both could bring severe weather. Large hail, high wind and even a couple of tornadoes will be threats across much of KAKEland as we march into the weekend.

Friday will be warm across the state with highs in the upper 80s to low 90s for Western Kansas with the lower 80s for North and South Central Kansas. This day time warming will help fuel late day storms that will start in Eastern Colorado and then migrate east into KAKEland. Look for storms in Western Kansas between 4pm and 6pm Friday afternoon and they will slowly slide east during the evening hours. Initial storm cells will bring a threat of large hail that could exceed 1.5”, wind gusts over 60mph and even a couple of tornadoes. As the storms track east toward the I-135 corridor we believe the threat will shift more toward high wind as the storms interact and merge together.

The most likely threat from these storms for Wichita will be the potential for high wind gusts that could exceed 60mph and brief, localized street flooding. Storms will approach Wichita and the I-135 corridor between 11pm and 1am and storms should exit KAKEland by Sunrise on Saturday.

A repeat performance of storms will be possible on Saturday with storms once again firing up in Western Kansas and then tracking to the east. The precise placement and timing of the Saturday storms are in question but generally speaking the majority of the activity is not expected until evening. At this time it appears that most of the rowdy weather on Saturday will be positioned south of I-70.

Severe storms both Friday night and Saturday night will be relatively “hit and miss” meaning the chances of coming in contact with severe weather is relatively low. If you have outdoor plans either day, I would not cancel your plans but rather just be aware of the situation by monitoring the radar and having a way of receiving forecasts and severe weather alerts.

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