Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued for parts of KansasPosted: Updated:
A Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 10 p.m. has been issued for nearly two dozen counties in central and southern Kansas, including Sedgwick County and the city of Wichita.
The following counties are included in the watch: Barber, Barton, Clark, Comanche, Edwards, Ellsworth, Ford, Harper, Harvey, Kingman, Kiowa, Marion, McPherson, Meade, Pawnee, Pratt, Reno, Rice, Rush, Saline, Sedgwick and Stafford.
A cold front sliding across KAKEland will likely spark late day storms and a few of them could turn severe with large hail and high wind being the most likely threats.
The return of moisture to KAKEland is evident Tuesday morning with the formation of dense fog. This moisture will help fuel afternoon storms that are expected to fire up along and ahead of a weak cold front. This front will be roughly draped from Concordia to Russell to Dodge City around 6pm when storms develop. These storms will grow in coverage and intensity and as they slide east. The most likely threats will be high wind gusts over 65mph and hail stones over 1”. While a tornado can’t be completely ruled out, the chances of seeing one in KAKEland looks quite low today.
Storms will be possible in Wichita late tonight as the cold front approaches. At this time it appears the greatest threat for severe weather will stay north of Sedgwick County but a few strong storms can’t be ruled out with high wind and heavy rain being the most likely issues. The showers and storms will exit KAKEland tonight and Wednesday should start off dry and quiet.
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