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Wichita weather: Severe weather possible Thursday evening

Severe storms, including the possibility of strong, long-track tornadoes, are possible in central and southwest Kansas.

The tornado threat isn’t quite as high in the Wichita metro area, but AccuWeather nonetheless predicts thunderstorms that bring “downpours, large hail and damaging winds.”

A Storm Prediction Center outlook cautions that isolated supercell thunderstorm development “appears likely to initiate, accompanied by a risk for very large hail and a few tornadoes” in the central Plains on Thursday.

The Dodge City branch of the National Weather Service projects that the highest chance of the most significant severe weather to be east of U.S. 283 and south of U.S. 400.

“A few tornadoes, 2 to 4 inch hail, 60 to 80 miles per hour outflows, and heavy rain will be possible in this area,” a statement issued by the weather service said.

Thursday will seem pretty benign during the day in the Wichita area, with mostly sunny skies and highs in the low 80s. Winds will be in the teens, starting from the east in the morning before shifting to the south by afternoon.

Storms will become more likely in the Wichita area after 7 p.m., according to the weather service. Showers and thunderstorms will continue on Friday, when highs will be in the mid-70s.

Monitor updated forecasts and conditions regularly, and be prepared to take safety precautions.

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

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