Wichita weather: Dangerously windy

03/18/2014 5:00 AM

03/18/2014 5:30 AM

Winds will be so strong Tuesday in the Wichita area that the National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for the afternoon and evening.

The warning, which runs from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., covers 16 counties in central and southeastern Kansas – including most of the Wichita metropolitan area. Counties included in the warning are Sedgwick, Harvey, Butler, Marion, Chase, Greenwood, Woodson, Allen, Sumner, Cowley, Elk, Wilson, Neosho, Chautauqua, Montgomery and Labette.

Northwest winds are expected to gust to 45 miles an hour at times, creating an extreme danger for grass fires, according to the weather service. Highs will reach the low 60s under mostly sunny skies in Wichita.

Clouds will move in late Tuesday, with overnight lows sliding to the low 30s. Winds will shift to the north and remain gusty, forecasters say, surging into the mid-30s at times.

Winds should finally ease quite a bit on Wednesday, shifting to the west and falling into single digits. Highs will climb into the low 60s with plenty of sunshine.

Temperatures could top 70 on Thursday, forecasters say.

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

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