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Wichita weather: Flash flood watch issued; more showers, thunderstorms loom

Courtesy of National Weather Service, Wichita office

Showers and thunderstorms are likely in the Wichita area on Tuesday afternoon and evening, forecasters say.

An inch or more of rain is possible by Wednesday night, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a flash flood watch from 7 p.m. today to 7 p.m. Wednesday for 20 counties in southern Kansas, including the Wichita metropolitan area.

“Saturated grounds from recent heavy rainfall and increasing chances of additional rainfall...may lead to a renewed flooding threat,” the watch statement said.

Widespread rainfall totals of .75 to an inch are expected in the region from this latest round of precipitation, forecasters said. Stronger storms could deliver higher amounts in localized areas.

Highs today are projected to reach the mid-60s, with north winds in the teens, forecasters say. Gusts could reach 20 miles an hour.

Rain could be heavy tonight, with lows settling in the low 50s. Rain will continue early on Wednesday before the clouds break up a bit during the day. Highs on Wednesday will be in the low 60s.

Thursday should be sunny and warmer before showers and thunderstorms return Friday and through the weekend.

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