Wichita weather: A windy prelude to a stormy stretch

It’ll be sunny and windy Wednesday in the Wichita area, forecasters say, before strong storms move into the area early Thursday morning.

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory that will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. for 16 counties in south-central Kansas, including the Wichita metropolitan area.

South winds will be sustained above 30 miles an hour, with gusts reaching 45 miles an hour. The winds will make travel difficult for high-profile vehicles on east-west highways.

Highs today are expected to reach 80 degrees in Wichita.

The Storm Prediction Center has posted a moderate risk for severe weather in central Kansas, stretching from Wichita west to Dodge City. Hays and Salina are also in the moderate risk zone, which covers more than 62,000 square miles in three states.

South winds will remain gusty overnight, topping 35 miles an hour at times. Storms are expected to push into the Wichita early Thursday morning, when lows slip to the upper 60s.

More storms are possible Thursday, when highs will again be in the low 80s. It’ll be breezy again, with south winds in the teens and gusts to nearly 30 miles an hour. Residents along the Kansas Turnpike are urged to pay close attention to conditions and weather alerts.

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