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Wichita weather: Rain arrives for a long holiday visit

Melissa Vajnar steps across a puddle on her way to work Friday morning at USI Midwest on north Waco. More rain is expected Saturday and Sunday, with highs in the 60s on Saturday and the 70s on Sunday. Rain could be heavy at times with some of the stronger thunderstorms.
Melissa Vajnar steps across a puddle on her way to work Friday morning at USI Midwest on north Waco. More rain is expected Saturday and Sunday, with highs in the 60s on Saturday and the 70s on Sunday. Rain could be heavy at times with some of the stronger thunderstorms. The Wichita Eagle

Showers and thunderstorms are likely on an unusually cool Friday for late May in the Wichita area, forecasters say.

Highs will only be in the mid- to upper 50s on the Friday before Memorial Day. South winds will be light, staying in the single digits.

More rain is expected Saturday and Sunday, with highs in the 60s on Saturday and the 70s on Sunday. Rain could be heavy at times with some of the stronger thunderstorms.

The National Weather Service is projecting Wichita to receive more than two inches of rain by Sunday night, with higher amounts east and southeast of the Kansas Turnpike.

Severe weather — such as large hail and tornadoes — is possible but not very likely this weekend, said Andy Kleinsasser, a meteorologist with the weather service.

“It’s not really your classic tornado outbreak” kind of scenario, Kleinsasser said. “The heavy rain, especially east of the turnpike, is going to be your main story. Things are pretty saturated out there.”

Memorial Day could also see rain in the region, forecasters say, but those chances are lower than the weekend.

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

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @StanFinger.

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