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October 11, 2012

Thunderstorms, showers likely for Wichita on Friday, Saturday

The extended forecast for the Wichita area includes possible rogue storms in the coming days — with tornadoes possible.

The extended forecast for the Wichita area includes possible rogue storms in the coming days — with tornadoes possible.

Not much of note will happen today, forecasters for the National Weather Service said. But they are watching weather patterns out west, and predicting possible storms in western Kansas on Friday, as well as in the panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma, said Robb Lawson, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Wichita.

There is a 50 percent chance of showers in the Wichita area by Friday.

By Friday night, showers and thunderstorms are likely.

By Saturday, Lawson said, we could see severe storms in the Wichita area and along the turnpike in the early afternoon, including some possibility of tornadoes. The situation is ripe in part because of abundant moisture in the atmosphere and atmospheric instability. The chances of severe weather will diminish, if the clouds move in and keep things cooler.

“It all depends on the cloud cover,” Lawson said. “Cloud cover could limit the instability.” The day will be breezy, with a south wind 17 to 23 mph, with gusts as high as 32 mph. The chance of precipitation is 60 percent.

The severe weather will be gone by late afternoon Saturday, if it arrives at all, Lawson said.

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