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Thunderstorms early next week could bring hail, chance of tornadoes

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Friday, April 5, 2013, at 8:18 p.m.
  • Updated Saturday, April 6, 2013, at 6:50 a.m.

Severe weather is a sure sign of spring in Kansas, and two systems colliding over the state early next week could spark the area’s first tornadoes this year, forecasters say.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Vanessa Pearce said the thunderstorms expected Monday and Tuesday may include tornado activity, with the greatest threat on Tuesday after a high pressure system from the north meets a low pressure system expected to float in over the weekend.

“There’s a few parameters that need to be figured out still,” Pearce said of Tuesday’s tornado potential, “but it’s something that we need to be alerted to.”

Forecasters predict that Saturday’s mostly sunny skies and high in the 70s will diminish into mostly cloudy but equally warm conditions Sunday. Breezes both days are expected out of the south around 10 mph.

Pearce said Sunday evening may bring the week’s first chance of thunderstorms, which are expected to continue through Tuesday.

Kansans also could see quarter- to golf-ball-sized hail, as severe weather moves in, she said.

The 70-degree temperatures will likely continue Monday, then cool to the upper 60s Tuesday. Overnight lows will be in the 50s through early next week, forecasters say.

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.

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