Storms for Christmas

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Meteorologist Sarah Fletcher says storms are on the way for Christmas.

A storm system will build in from the west, bringing showers and storms, some possibly strong to severe, into Kansas.

Patchy fog will build over the state Saturday evening. Showers will start to build in from the south, mainly after midnight, across the entire state. Those showers will continue throughout the morning.

A cold front will begin to move into western Kansas by 8 a.m. Sunday. As this front moves to the east, a line of thunderstorms will form along it. Storms should push into Hays by 10 a.m. Salina, Hutchinson and Wichita should have storms from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. The line of storms will push into eastern Kansas, exiting the state in the late afternoon/early evening.

A few of these storms could become severe, with the main threat being damaging wind. Gusts could exceed 60 mph at times. Small hail could also form.

After the front moves through, skies will clear. With dry air, and gusty wind, fire weather will become a concern Sunday afternoon in southwestern Kansas.

A Fire Weather Watch will be in effect for southwest Kansas on Sunday afternoon. Fires could spread rapidly, so outdoor burning is not advised.

Highs will reach the mid to upper 60s on Sunday, which is over 20 degrees above average for this time of the year. Some areas could reach record highs.

WICHITA AREA FORECAST:

Tonight: Patchy fog in the evening with showers and storms late. Wind: SE 10-20; gusty. Low: 46.

Christmas: Showers and storms. Wind: SE 20-30; gusty. High: 67.

Tomorrow night: Mostly clear. Wind: SW 15-25; gusty. Low: 30.

Monday: Sunny and cooler. Wind: N 5-10. High: 50.

Tue: High: 48 Low: 24 Sunny to mostly sunny.
Wed: High: 56 Low: 30 Mostly sunny.
Thu: High: 48 Low: 30 Mostly sunny, colder.
Fri: High: 48 Low: 25 Mostly sunny, breezy.
Sat: High: 50 Low: 30 Partly cloudy to mostly cloudy, breezy.