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Showers and thunderstorms off and on today and late tonight for Wichita area

Showers and thunderstorms – some of them intense enough to produce strong winds, small hail and heavy rain – are expected to move through the Wichita area today, forecasters say.

The storms are already in central Kansas and moving east this morning. Severe weather, such as tornadoes and large hail, is not anticipated with these storms, but forecasters say the strongest storms could deliver an inch of rain in a brief period.

Highs today should reach 70 under mostly cloudy skies, with southerly winds blowing steadily in the teens and gusting into the mid-20s. Overnight showers are also likely, with a low around 50 and south winds persisting in the teens with occasional stonger gusts.

Wichita could see more showers and thunderstorms Friday morning before the storm system moves east and skies begin to clear in the afternoon, forecasters say. Temperatures should be pleasant, with highs in the mid-70s. Winds will continue to be robust, with steady southerly breezes in the upper teens to low 20s and gusts to nearly 30 miles an hour.

Areas along and east of the Flint Hills could see strong thunderstorms Friday, including the chance for an isolated tornado, forecasters warn.

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

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