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Wichita weather: Scattered thunderstorms, isolated tornadoes possible today

Scattered thunderstorms, with large hail and isolated tornadoes, are possible in central and south-central Kansas today, forecasters say.

The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., has shifted its moderate risk zone for severe weather slightly west, from just west of Wichita to near Dodge City, and from the Texas-Oklahoma border to I-70 near Colby.

The best chance for tornadoes in Kansas appears to be along and west of K-14, which is just west of Kingman, said Mick McGuire, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Wichita. Storms will fire along a dry line that should set up early this afternoon in central Kansas and then migrate east, he said.

Storms could fire up as soon as 1 p.m. in central Kansas and move into the Wichita metro area by about 5 p.m.

“We have a pretty good chance of seeing rain” in Wichita, he said, but strong storms and even tornadoes can’t be ruled out.

Highs today should reach the low 80s in Wichita, with south winds 15 to 25 miles an hour and gusting beyond 30. Storms are possible again tonight and could redevelop Thursday, with highs in the upper 70s.

Monitor conditions, check forecasts and be prepared to take appropriate shelter if severe weather threatens.