Wichita and southeast Kansas under a moderate risk for severe weather Thursday

The Storm Prediction Center has placed southeast Kansas – including Wichita – and a large swath of Oklahoma under a moderate risk for severe weather on Thursday.

Computer models indicate developing weather conditions will “likely result in supercells capable of large hail/damaging winds and isolated tornadoes…over Kansas,” a statement issued by the SPC reads.

The tornado threat is higher in Oklahoma than in Kansas, the statement indicates, and local forecasters tell me the tornado threat in Kansas is highest south and east of Wichita.

Large hail and strong winds are the primary severe weather threat for Wichita, they say, but an isolated tornado can’t be ruled out. Monitor conditions and be prepared to seek shelter if necessary.