Heavy rains in forecast for Wichita area overnight

Heavy rain is expected to pound the Wichita metropolitan area and southeast Kansas overnight and into Wednesday, weather officials said.

That’s good news for Wichita, which is still recovering from a long-term drought. But it figures to trigger flooding in already soggy southeast Kansas.

“We could see an inch or 2 over a widespread area,” said Mick McGuire, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wichita.

Isolated pockets could receive more than 3 inches by the time rain ends late Wednesday.

The heaviest rain is expected early Wednesday and could stretch into the morning commute. With the ground already saturated in Reno County, more heavy rains in the area figure to improve Cheney Lake’s water levels.

AccuWeather is forecasting 0.82 of an inch in the watershed over a 12-hour period ending at 7 a.m. Wednesday, said Mike Smith, a senior vice president for the private forecasting service.

The weather service, meanwhile, is projecting nearly 1.75 inches in the area over a 72-hour period.

More rain is expected in the Wichita area this weekend.