Moderate risk for severe weather Sunday includes the Wichita area

The Storm Prediction Center has upgraded the severe weather threat for Sunday to moderate for a large section of the Great Plains. The moderate risk zone stretches from much of Iowa southwest through central Kansas to the Oklahoma state line.

The SPC is warning of a “severe weather outbreak with many tornadoes and very large hail possible Sunday and Sunday night across parts of the central Plains and mid-Missouri Valley.”

“Several strong or long-track tornadoes appear possible” – particularly in the area between Topeka and Des Moines, the center cautions.

Among the Kansas cities in the moderate zone are Salina, Topeka and Hutchinson. Omaha is among Nebraska cities in the moderate.

Wichita and Kansas City are in the slight risk zone, but the moderate boundary comes so close to Wichita that Maize and Goddard are in the moderate risk area.

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Any severe weather in the region isn’t likely to fire up until late afternoon or early evening, forecasters say.