Enhanced risk of severe weather for parts of KAKEland

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With the brief return of heat and humidity, a portion of KAKEland could once again experience strong and severe storms that produce high wind gusts along with large hail and even a couple of tornadoes.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 10 p.m. Central has been issued for more than a dozen counties in northwest Kansas.

This heat and humidity will feed afternoon storms that are expected to fire up along and ahead of a cold front that will be draped across Northern Kansas. On the western edge of this a dry line will help initiate storms in the mid-afternoon. 

The initial storms that develop could quickly turn into super cells producing large hail stones over 1.5”, wind gusts over 65 mph and even a few tornadoes. The window for tornadoes is expected to be fairly narrow because as more storms develop they are expected to interact and merge and eventually for into a line segment that slides east. As the storms form into a line the threat will really shift to high wind potential. This line of storms is expected to travel east through the evening and overnight.

While showers and storms are expected in South Central Kansas, including Wichita, they are not expected to be overly strong. The greatest threat across South Central Kansas in the coming day will be the potential for flooding rain as several rounds of wet weather roll across the region.

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