A strong cold front will make its way across Kansas Tuesday afternoon sparking strong or severe storms. The storms will most likely move to the east-northeast. The strongest thunderstorms Tuesday will form after lunch and should fire-up along and east of a line from Salina to Wichita. The primary threats with the storms will be large hail, up to 2 inches in diameter, and gusty winds near 70 mph. A few isolated tornadoes will also be possible but a widespread outbreak of rough storms is not expected. The threat for severe weather should move out of our area by midnight.
Behind the front, gusty northerly winds will change rain to snow over western Kansas but amounts should be light; less than 2 inches, through Tuesday night.
A wintry mix of rain, sleet and snow will be possible for central Kansas Wednesday morning. Look for lingering rain showers in Hutch and Wichita Wednesday morning, ending by early afternoon. It will be windy and MUCH colder Wednesday too with highs only in the 30s and 40s statewide.
Winds will back-off Thursday but we'll stay chilly with highs in the 40s under a partly cloudy sky.
Morning lows will dip into the 20s and 30s and will threaten some tender plants that may already be in the ground so cover them up if you can.
Warmer temperatures should return Saturday when highs climb back into the 60s.
Wichita Area Forecast:
Today: Strong/severe storms likely late p.m. Wind: S 20-30; gusty. High: 75.
Tonight: Evening storms; overnight showers. Wind: NW 20-30; gusty. Low: 33.
Tomorrow: Rain showers through early afternoon, then mostly cloudy, windy and much colder. Wind: NW 20-30; gusty. High: 44.
Tomorrow night: Mostly cloudy and cold. Wind: NW 10-20; gusty. Low: 29.
Thu: High: 49 Partly cloudy.
Fri: High: 55 Low: 32 Partly cloudy.
Sat: High: 65 Low: 36 Partly cloudy, breezy and warmer.
Sun: High: 73 Low: 49 Mostly sunny, windy and warm.
Mon: High: 69 Low: 51 Partly cloudy and breezy; o-night storms possible.
Tue: High: 68 Low: 50 Early showers then partly cloudy.
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