Daily Archives: 15 August, 2013

Severe thunderstorm watch until 11 p.m. for Wichita area

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for 13 counties in southern and south-central Kansas until 11 p.m. Thursday.

The watch includes the Wichita metropolitan area. Strong to severe thunderstorms are possible mainly west of a line from Salina to Wichita to South Haven.

Hail the size of golf balls and damaging winds of up to 70 miles an hour are possible with the strongest storms, along with locally heavy rain.

Counties included in the watch are: Barber, Butler, Clark, Comanche, Cowley, Harper, Harvey, Kingman, Kiowa, Pratt, Reno, Sedgwick and Sumner.

Wichita weather: Strong storms possible later today

Another round of showers and thunderstorms is expected to reach the Wichita area this afternoon, forecasters say, with even stronger storms moving in later this evening.

The strongest storms are expected along and west of I-135, according to the National Weather Service, with the primary hazards being hail as large as golf balls and damaging winds of up to 70 miles an hour.

Heavy rains are also possible in spots, which will aggravate the flooding threat because of the already saturated soil.

Highs today around the metropolitan area are expected to reach the low 80s, forecasters say, with light winds out of the south and southeast. Lows overnight will settle in the low 60s as the storms continue in the area.

Slight chances for showers and thunderstorms will persist early in the day Friday, forecasters say, when highs will again peak in the low 80s. Winds will again be light and out of the east and southeast.

The weekend marks the start of a few days of dry weather, with highs in the low 80s and mostly sunny skies.

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