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Rain to stretch through morning in Wichita

The steady rain that arrived in Wichita late last night and accentuated its presence with sporadic blasts of thunder shortly before dawn won’t let up in the metropolitan area until late this morning, forecasters say.

Nearly an inch of rain has fallen at Wichita’s Mid-Continent Airport since midnight, National Weather Service meteorologist Stephanie Dunten said.

“It looks like it's going to be raining for a while,” Dunten said. “The system is back-building.”

The rain could be heavy at times. Thunderstorms are possible again this afternoon, especially east of the Kansas Turnpike.

Highs today are projected to reach the low 60s, with east-southeast winds in the teens and gusts above 20 miles an hour.

Lows tonight are expected to slip into the upper 30s, and highs on a mostly sunny Friday should rebound only into the low 50s.