More storms possible and some could be severe

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

After a round of morning showers and storms in Northern KAKEland another round is expected Friday afternoon and they could turn severe. Large hail, high wind, flash flooding will be the most likely threats as we go through the afternoon and evening across Western and North Central Kansas.

Hot and humid conditions expected across KAKEland today and that heat will help create an unstable atmosphere favorable for storms during the afternoon. Look for storms to fire up on or near a front that will be draped from North Central Kansas back to the west into Central Colorado. Storms are expected to develop between roughly 3pm and 6pm and they will then slowly track south and east. These storms could quickly turn severe and will likely remain severe as the persist into the overnight with hails stones that could top 1.5” in diameter and wind gusts that could exceed 65mph. At this time it appears that the tornado threat will be very low in KAKEland. Another threat often over looked is the possibility of localized flooding. Today’s environment will support storms that could be prolific rain makers and if you end up under one of these storms, rain totals topping 1” will be possible.

Storms will gradually spread both south and southeast through the evening and overnight. Storms are gradually expected to weaken as we head past midnight and as a result severe weather is not expected in Wichita.

The weekend may start off a little soggy on Saturday and more hit and miss shower and thunderstorm activity will be possible both Saturday and Sunday for all corners of KAKEland. The weather pattern appears to shift a little next week with high pressure building across the Central Plains and that will lead to sunny and hot days with very limited rain potential.

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