Severe storms threaten eastern Kansas Thursday

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Meteorologist Jake Dunne says Doppler radar is mostly quiet this morning, but that will change later today as a cold front plows through the state. Expect scattered showers and storms to develop along the Kansas Turnpike between 10 am and 2 pm and then strengthen into a line of severe storms and move east toward Missouri between 3 pm and 7 pm. Some storms will produce large hail and damaging wind in addition to brief heavy rainfall and frequent lightning.

If you’re heading to the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson, expect a chance of storms from late morning through early afternoon followed by clearing skies the remainder of the afternoon and evening. Highs in the middle 80s will quickly fall into the upper 60s by 10 P.M.

Friday will bring a brief taste of fall to the state as we see lows in the 50s and 60s warm into the 70s and 80s along with lower humidity. However, summer makes a solid comeback this weekend. After a few morning showers on Saturday, sunshine and a strong south wind will push temperatures into the 80s and 90s.

WICHITA AREA FORECAST:

Today: Mostly cloudy, good chance of afternoon storms. Wind: SW/N 15-25, gusty. High: 85.

Tonight: Clearing and cooler. Wind: NW 5-15. Low: 61.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny and less humid. Wind: SE 5-15. High: 85.

Tomorrow night: Increasing clouds. Wind: SE 5-15. Low: 65.

Sat: High: 91. Low: 71. Morning showers, clearing and breezy.
Sun: High: 93. Low: 72. Mostly sunny and breezy.
Mon: High: 92. Low: 72. Mostly sunny and breezy.
Tue: High: 92. Low: 73. Sunny, continued breezy.
Wed: High: 91. Low: 74. Mostly sunny and breezy.