Friday’s severe weather threat expands in Kansas

Initial storms will develop over northwest and north central Kansas after 4 or 5 p.m.
Initial storms will develop over northwest and north central Kansas after 4 or 5 p.m.(KWCH)
Published: Apr. 29, 2022 at 4:48 AM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - 11:50 a.m. Update: The National Weather Service has expanded the threat of severe weather in Kansas. Storm Team 12 has updated the severe storm outlook south toward the turnpike, now including areas of Topeka, Manhattan and Concordia.

Initial storms will develop over northwest and north-central Kansas after 4-5 p.m. The activity will move east/northeast into the evening into north-central and northeast Kansas. Very large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes will be possible with this activity.

A second area of storms may develop along I-35 during the evening. If storms develop in this area, they will remain isolated. They will be capable of very large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes. It is uncertain if this area of storms will develop.

Closer to sunset, a final area of storms will develop in the Flint Hills and will move east into south-central and southeast Kansas into the early nighttime hours. Hail and damaging wind gusts will be the primary threats with these storms.

Severe weather outlook.
Severe weather outlook.(KWCH)

Meteorologist Jake Dunne says last night’s showers and storms have exited the area and most of our Friday will be dominated by wind and very warm to hot temperatures. While highs in the upper 80s and lower 90s are not record-setting, they are 15 to 20 degrees above average.

A dry line and cold front will sweep across Kansas later today into the night raising the risk of severe weather. Showers and storms, some severe, are likely between 5 pm and 11 pm. The best chance for large hail, damaging wind, and perhaps a tornado will be along and east of I-135.

The wind will stick around on Saturday, but the warmer temperatures will not. However, highs in the lower to middle 70s are near normal for late April. Sunday looks similar to Saturday, minus the wind, before the weather turns unsettled again on Monday.

WICHITA AREA FORECAST:

Today: Partly cloudy and windy; storms after 5pm. Wind: S 20-30; gusty. High: 87.

Tonight: Evening storms, some severe, then clearing skies. Wind: W 10-20; gusty. Low: 53.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, windy, cooler Wind: NW 20-30; gusty. High: 75.

Sun: Low: 45. High: 76. Increasing clouds.

Mon: Low: 52. High: 72. Mostly cloudy; showers/storms likely.

Tue: Low: 44. High: 71. Mostly sunny.

Wed: Low: 50. High: 74. Partly cloudy; afternoon showers/storms.

Thu: Low: 54. High: 70. Morning storms; clearing skies and breezy.

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