High wind warning in effect for Wichita area this morning

A high wind warning is in effect for portions of the Wichita metropolitan area until 11 a.m. today.

Sedgwick, Sumner, Harvey, Saline and McPherson counties are included in the warning area, with winds of 50 miles an hour or more expected. Wichita has already seen its high temperature for the day, National Weather Service meteorologist Vanessa Pearce said. That was 60 shortly before 4:30 a.m.

The temperature had fallen to 41 in little more than three hours, and snow is possible in the area later this morning.

“It’s possible we could get a little bit” of accumulation, Pearce said, “but the main thing will be the wind.”

Those winds are knocking power lines down around Wichita, according to a Sedgwick County dispatch supervisor. Downed power lines were blocking three lanes of traffic at Harry and Edgemoor, and power outages were reported in north Wichita as well.

The emergency communications center was relying on a generator for power after electricity was knocked out there, a dispatch supervisor said. Westar Energy reported about 4,000 customers in Sedgwick County were without electricity shortly after 8 a.m.

Winds will ease later today, however, and Friday could still see highs top 60.