Today shouldn’t see a widespread outbreak of tornadoes, the Storm Prediction Center in Norman states, but conditions are setting up to create scattered supercell thunderstorms capable of producing strong tornadoes.
“The greatest threat for tornadoes should exist…in western Oklahoma and west-central Kansas as supercells mature during the early evening,” the SPC’s outlook reports. “An isolated threat for strong tornadoes may exist with the more dominant supercells. The main uncertainty with the forecast is storm coverage.”
In other words, how widespread and how numerous those storms will be. Here’s the latest outlook map for severe weather today. You’ll note Wichita is just east of the moderate risk for severe weather.
Large hail – perhaps as large as baseballs – is possible with the strongest storms. Expect storms to move into the Wichita area after 5 p.m. today, local forecasters say.