Daily Archives: 9 April, 2012

Tornado watch issued southwest of Wichita

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch until 9 p.m. for a chunk of northwest Oklahoma and a small piece of south-central Kansas.

The Storm Prediction Center warns that tornadoes, hail as large as tennis balls, winds of up to 70 miles an hour and dangerous lightning are possible within the watch area.

Comanche, Barber and Clark counties are included in the watch area. Wichita and Sedgwick County are not.

Severe weather threat heightened late this week in Wichita area

This would be a good time for residents of Wichita and much of Kansas to review and practice their shelter plans when tornadoes threaten. Severe weather appears poised to threaten large portions of the state Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Here’s the Storm Prediction Center outlook for late in the week.

Abundant moisture from the Gulf of Mexico will be interacting with substantial atmospheric instability, setting the stage for strong thunderstorms.

Dense fog advisory until 10 a.m. for Wichita area

The National Weather Service has issued a dense fog advisory until 10 a.m. for 14 counties in southern and southeast Kansas, including the Wichita metropolitan area.

Visibilities could drop to a quarter-mile or less. “Drivers should use extreme caution,” the agency warns in a statement.

The fog is gradually moving north, meaning south Wichita will see thick fog before the north side of the city does.

The counties included in the advisory are Reno, Harvey, Butler, Kingman, Sedgwick, Harper, Sumner, Cowley, Elk, Wilson, Neosho, Chautauqua, Montgomery and Labette.

Wichita weather: A slight chance of showers

A slight chance of showers marks today’s forecast for the Wichita area, forecasters say.

Highs should reach the upper 70s under mostly cloudy skies. Winds will be calm early in the day, then pick up out of the southeast and strengthen into the teens.

Overnight lows will slip into the mid-40s. Tuesday will see more sunshine, forecasters say, with highs again in the low 70s.

For more information on current conditions, go to our weather page.