Finger on the Weather

Wichita weather: Rain – heavy at times – with localized flooding possible

A soggy few days – with the potential for substantial rain and localized flooding – are likely in the Wichita area, forecasters say.

The first wave of rain is expected to move through Wichita early on Thursday and continue with periodic showers throughout the day and into Friday. The heaviest rain in the metropolitan area is expected to develop Friday evening.

The storms are the result of a strong low-pressure system interacting with the remnants of Hurricane Newton, which have been pulled up into the central U.S. by the upper-level jet stream, forecasters say.

Parts of Kansas could see several inches of rain by Friday night. Wichita could see anywhere from about 1.5 to 4 inches of rain, based on what various forecasters are predicting.

Monitor future forecasts for updated conditions and precipitation projections.

Highs on both days will be in the upper 80s in Wichita, forecasters say, with light south winds.

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

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