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Wichita weather for Wednesday: Afternoon showers and thunderstorms

Showers and thunderstorms are possible in central and southern Kansas later today, forecasters say. Some of them could be severe.

The strongest storms are most likely in counties along the Oklahoma border, according to the National Weather Service.

“The main storm threats will be hail of quarter to golf ball size ... damaging winds ... and possibly a tornado,” a hazardous weather outlook released by the weather service reported.

Hail as large as dimes will be possible farther north into south-central and southeast Kansas, including the Wichita area. Locally heavy rainfall is also possible with the storms, with more than an inch potentially falling along the state border.

Storms are likely to develop after 2 p.m., forecasters say. Highs will reach the upper 60s under mostly cloudy skies. Winds will be light out of the east before shifting to the north later tonight. Steady winds later will be in the 20s, with gusts pushing toward 40 miles an hour.

Overnight lows will dip all the way to mid-30s as rain chances persist, forecasters say, and Thursday will see sunshine and highs in the mid- to upper 50s.

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

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