Heavy rain and flood concerns Tuesday and Wednesday

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Meteorologist Mark Larson says widespread rain and storms will roll across Kansas Tuesday but the heaviest will move in tonight through Wednesday morning. The midweek storm system will also bring powerful winds to Kansas and a big temperature change by Thursday.

Look for occasional light rain and showers across Tuesday with few afternoon storms possible for eastern Kansas. Highs will top-out in the 50s with southerly winds gusting over 30 mph at times.

The main storm system will plow out into southwestern Kansas tonight bringing more widespread, heavier rains and scattered storms to most of our area through Wednesday morning. Several spots could see 1 to 2" of rain. Flooding will be a concern but severe storms are not expected at this time.

Winds will gust over 50 mph at times Wednesday and a High Wind Watch has been posted for tomorrow. Wednesday highs will soar into the 60s to near 70 across central an eastern Kansas.

The soggy, slow-moving, storm system will lift northeast of Kansas early Thursday morning dragging colder air in to our state as it moves away. Northwest Kansas could see an inch or two of blowing snow by daybreak Thursday but widespread heavy amounts are not expected.

We'll cool-down a bit Thursday but sunshine and warmer temps will return by week's end.

WICHITA AREA FORECAST:

Today: off and on rain showers, then afternoon storms. Wind: S 15-25; gusty. High: 58.

Tonight: Periods of rain and thunderstorms likely. Wind: S/SE 15-25; gusty. Low: 55.

Tomorrow: AM Rain and thunder likely then partly cloudy, VERY windy PM. Wind: SE/S 30-40; gusty. High: 71.

Tomorrow night: Partly to mostly cloudy; Windy. Wind: S/W 20-30; gusty. Low: 40.

Thu: High: 49 Mostly cloudy, windy, MUCH cooler.
Fri: High: 47 Low: 29 Partly cloudy; breezy.
Sat: High: 54 Low: 27 Sunny.
Sun: High: 60 Low: 32 Sunny to mostly sunny.
Mon: High: 65 Low: 37 Mostly sunny and milder.
Tue: High: 66 Low: 40 Mostly sunny.