Strong thunderstorms possible in Wichita later today, tonight

Potent thunderstorms are expected in the Wichita area later today and tonight – but forecasters say there’s only a slight chance for tornadoes in this area.

The Storm Prediction Center has posted a slight risk for portions of eight states, including Kansas:

The SPC warns that storms today could produce “perhaps a couple tornadoes.” Jim Caruso, a meteorologist with the Wichita branch of the National Weather Service, said the better chance for tornadoes is in northern Kansas and southern Nebraska.

Wichita’s primary threats, he said, will be large hail and strong winds. Some hail could be 2″ in diameter, which would be larger than golf balls.

“If they've got some outdoor plans late this afternoon and evening, it’s something to keep an eye on,” Caruso said.

The best chance of storms in the Wichita area will be between 7 p.m. and 1 a.m. Highs today should reach the upper 80s. Storms could linger past sunrise on Sunday, too.