A rainy week looms for Wichita and much of southern and southeast Kansas, forecasters say, with more than 5 inches of rain possible in some parts of the region.
The National Weather Service has issued flood watch effective from Monday night through Wednesday night for 14 counties, including most of the Wichita metropolitan area. The agency projects rainfall amounts of 2 to 5 inches of rain, with locally higher amounts possible in some locations.
The counties included in the watch are Butler, Sedgwick, Harper, Sumner, Cowley, Greenwood, Woodson, Allen, Elk, Wilson, Neosho, Chautauqua, Montgomery and Labette.
Shower and thunderstorms are expected any time after 2 p.m. in the Wichita area, forecasters say, with heavy rain likely late tonight and early Tuesday. Highs will be in the upper 80s on Monday and then the mid-70s on Tuesday and Wednesday.
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Winds will be gusty throughout the period, forecasters say, topping 25 miles an hour at times. They’ll be out of the south on Monday and shift to the north and northeast on Tuesday.
Chances for rain will persist through Thursday, forecasters say.
For more information on current conditions, go to our weather page.