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Golf-ball size hail possible in the Wichita area during ‘severe storm,’ NWS warns

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Hail the size of quarters and golf balls could strike Wichita and the surrounding areas tonight, meteorologists with the National Weather Service warned.

Strong to severe storms are expected late this afternoon and evening, with the greatest threat across south central and southeast Kansas,” according to the NWS Hazardous Weather Outlook.

“The main risk will be large hail up to golf ball size, though locally damaging wind gusts to 65 mph will also be possible in the evening,” the outlook continued. “Locally heavy rainfall will also occur this evening across south central and southeast Kansas which may result in minor lowland or urban flooding.”

Those storms are expected to hit south central and southeast Kansas though Wednesday afternoon and evening, NWS Wichita says. In Wichita, the storm isn’t predicted to hit until 6 p.m.

Just north of Wichita, dime-size hail and 50 mph winds are possible.

Looking forward, NWS predicts that “periodic chances for thunderstorms will return to the forecast Easter Sunday afternoon through early next week.”

While “a few strong storms will be possible” throughout the week, the severe weather risk “appears low for now,” meteorologists said in the outlook.

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