Wichita weather: Severe storm threat persists

Wichita escaped severe weather on Wednesday, but forecasters say the threat persists into today.

Strong thunderstorms are projected to develop along the I-35 corridor this afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. Large hail and damaging winds can be expected.

“In addition, some strong, long-track tornadoes will also be possible,” a special statement issued by the weather service said.

The storms will move east from the I-35 and I-135 corridor into eastern and southeastern Kansas. Highs should creep into the 80s in the Wichita area, forecasters say, with light winds out of the south.

Chances for showers and thunderstorms will persist overnight and into Friday, when highs will again be in the low 80s. Winds will again be out of the south, gusting at times to more than 20 miles an hour.

The weekend should be sunny and pleasant in the Wichita area, forecasters say, with highs in the 70s.

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