Meteorologist Mark Larson says Thursday is a Storm Team 12 Weather Alert day as an outbreak of severe weather seems likely with strong tornadoes, baseball-size hail and straight-line winds all threats this afternoon.
A front will stall over southern Kansas Thursday afternoon with cooler temperatures to the north but warm and humid conditions over southern Kansas. Highs will range from the 50s around Goodland to near 80 across southern Kansas. Severe storms will develop over southwest and south-central Kansas between 3 and 5 p.m.
The storms will strengthen quickly and become severe. Individual storms will initially spin-up tornadoes and produce large hail then form a long line later this evening when straight-line winds and heavy rain will be threats.
We'll see more rain and storms Friday but the severe storm potential will be much lower and temps will be cooler statewide.
Rain and storms will push out of our region this weekend with highs in the 70s under a mostly sunny to partly cloudy sky.
Wichita Area Forecast:
** Storm Team 12 Weather Alert Day: Severe Storms **
Today: Increasing clouds, scattered severe storms after 4 p.m. Wind: E/SE 10-20; gusty late. High: 81.
Tonight: Storms likely, severe threat before midnight. Wind: SE/S 10-20. Low: 64.
Tomorrow: Occasional showers/strong afternoon storms. Wind: S 10-20; gusty. High: 74.
Tomorrow night: Storms end, showers stay. Wind: NW 10-15. Low: 54.
Sat: High: 69 Becoming partly cloudy. Breezy.
Sun: High: 74 Low: 49 Mostly sunny.
Mon: High: 77 Low: 53 Partly cloudy; p.m. and overnight storms.
Tue: High: 72 Low: 56 Early showers/storms then partly cloudy.
Wed: High: 78 Low: 51 Mostly sunny to partly cloudy.
Thu: High: 76 Low: 54 Partly cloudy, breezy, isolated storms.