Finger on the Weather

A stormy Saturday looms for Wichita and eastern Kansas

Outdoor plans in the Wichita area could get a dousing Saturday afternoon and evening, forecasters say.

Showers and thunderstorms — some of them strong — are likely along and east of I-135, according to the National Weather Service.

The agency has already issued a flash flood watch through Sunday morning for more than a half-dozen counties in eastern Kansas, where up to three inches of rain is expected.

Wichita is not included in the watch, though storms packing 60-mile-an-hour winds and hail the size of half dollars are possible in the metropolitan area.

While the more severe weather will be east of the Flint Hills, weather service meteorologist Mick McGuire said, “it still looks like we could see some storms that are pretty strong on Saturday” in Wichita.

Rainfall estimates vary significantly among weather agencies. The weather service is predicting a half-inch to an inch for Wichita, while AccuWeather anticipates nearly 2 inches.

“Storms can bring downpours, large hail and damaging winds” Saturday, an AccuWeather forecast warns.

Once the storms move out early Sunday, pleasant weather will settle in to the area for the next few days. Highs will be in the low 80s with plenty of sunshine.

“It’s going to be a nice, nice break from the heat” that is typical of early August, McGuire said.

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