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Heavy rain, rumbles of thunder for Wichita's morning commute

WICHITA - Today’s morning commute in the Wichita metropolitan area is likely to cloaked in a hard rain punctuated with thunder and lightning, forecasters say.

A severe thunderstorm watch is in place until 8 a.m. for 20 counties in south-central Kansas, including the Wichita metro area. But severe weather - including hail and strong winds - is expected to stay south of Wichita.

In fact, the National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for most of Harper County until 8 a.m. The storm is capable of quarter-sized hail and winds of up to 60 miles an hour.

Once the showers move through this morning, forecasters say, skies should gradually clear. Highs are projected to reach the upper 70s to low 80s. Light east-southeast winds may touch double digits.

The weekend is shaping up to be pleasant, forecasters say, with highs in the low 80s. Another chance of thundershowers arrives late Saturday night and lingers into Sunday.