Wichita weather: Blustery day, stormy night

04/23/2014 5:00 AM

04/23/2014 7:13 AM

Wichita can expect a warm and very windy day Wednesday, forecasters say, with highs in the low 80s under mostly sunny skies.

South winds will be in the teens early in the day and strengthen to 30 miles an hour by afternoon. Gusts could approach 40 miles an hour.

Storms that are expected to fire up in western Kansas Wednesday afternoon aren’t likely to reach the Wichita area until early Thursday morning, forecasters say.

Large hail and damaging winds are possible with the storms as they move through western and central Kansas, forecasters say. Hail as large as golf balls and winds of up to 70 miles an hour will be possible in the eastern half of the state late Wednesday night, according to the National Weather Service.

There’s a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms Thursday morning before skies clear later in the day, forecasters say. Highs are projected to reach the mid-70s, with northwest winds in the teens and gusting to more than 30 miles an hour at times.

Friday will be sunny in the Wichita area, forecasters say, with highs reaching 80.

Severe weather is possible in the region over the weekend.

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

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