The severe weather threat lingers in KAKEland

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

The severe weather threat lingers as we end the work week and head into the weekend. Spotty showers and storms expected today in KAKEland and a few could produce large hail, high wind and maybe even a tornado or two.

For Friday, two distinct areas in KAKEland will need to be monitored for severe weather development. The first zone of concern is across far Western Kansas, where a few storms could meander out of Eastern Colorado. The most likely threat with these storms will be large hail stones that could top 1” in diameter and high wind gusts that could top 60mph. These storms in Western Kansas are not expected until after 5pm and should be very hit and miss.

The second area of concern is South Central and Eastern Kansas where storms could fire up and along a nearly stationary boundary. Storms that fire up in South Central KAKEland will develop in an very hot, moist environment and these two factors will help fuel these storms. Hail stones with these vigorous storms could approach or exceed ping pong ball size and wind gusts could top 65mph. While not overly likely, a tornado producing storm or two can’t be ruled out. The overall severe threat is expected weaken and to slide east as we head into very early Saturday morning.

The storm chances on Saturday are low but a few pop up storms will be possible during the day for all corners of KAKEland. Far eastern KAKEland could see a few thunderstorms that turn severe late in the day with large hail and high wind being the most likely threats.

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