Keep an eye on the end of the week, Wichita

A strong storm system is expected to bring snow to western and central Kansas and powerful thunderstorms to Wichita and southeast Kansas Thursday and Friday, forecasters say.

A winter storm watch has already been issued for 17 counties in northwest, western and central Kansas from Thursday night into Sunday morning. Snowfall totals of 4 to 8 inches are expected north and west of a line from just north of Ulysses to Russell, the National Weather Service reports. Strong thunderstorms are likely Thursday night and Friday in the Wichita metropolitan area.

Some of those thunderstorms could be severe, forecasters say, with hail and strong winds. At this point, there’s little risk of tornadoes in the Wichita area Friday, but that threat increases south and east of Wichita and down into Oklahoma. Stay tuned to later forecasts for updated information.