Wichita weather: A rainy period settles in

Thursday’s morning commute could be a soggy one in the Wichita area, forecasters say – especially for those who go in earlier than most.

Strong thunderstorms are expected to have reached the metropolitan area by about 3 a.m. Thursday, National Weather Service meteorologist Scott Smith said. Those heading to work at about 5 a.m. can expect to deal with potentially heavy rain, he said.

Even those who start their workday at 8 a.m. could be driving through steady showers, he said, depending on how fast the system is moving east.

“It’s going to be a close call” for the latter portion of the commute, Smith said.

A half-inch to an inch of rain could fall in portions of the metropolitan area overnight, he said. Some spots could see even more than that.

Much of the day should then pass without fresh rains until another round arrives late Thursday. In between thunderstorms, highs should reach the mid-80s with east winds pushing into the low teens. Friday and Saturday appear likely to echo Thursday, Smith said.

“It’s going to be unsettled pretty much all through the weekend,” he said.

Forecast models are projecting 4 to 5 inches for the Wichita area through Saturday night.

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