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Severe storms could return Monday afternoon in south-central Kansas

Courtesy of National Weather Service in Wichita

The Wichita area and south-central Kansas will see another chance for severe storms and rainfall on Memorial Day.

Brad Ketcham, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Wichita, said isolated storms with quarter-size hail and damaging winds could begin to develop southwest of Wichita early to late Monday afternoon.

“It doesn’t look like a real tornadic situation at all,” he said. “I can’t completely rule out a tornado. It depends on how things develop this afternoon.”

One of the strongest threats, Ketcham said, is for another round of heavy rainfall in and around Wichita.

“They’re going to be very efficient,” he said of the storms, capable of producing a half-inch to an inch of rain “in a very short period of time.”

Less-severe storms producing rainfall are expected to become more widespread in central Kansas and north of Wichita on Monday evening, he said.

Monday’s high temperature is expected to be around 80, Ketcham said, with lows overnight around 60.

The area might see a respite in rainfall on Tuesday and Wednesday, he said, but stronger chances for rainfall are expected Thursday and Friday.

“With this kind of flow pattern, this kind of tropical air mass laying around, there will be chances (of rain) every day,” Ketcham said.

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