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Wichita weather: Off-on drizzle before thunderstorms arrive Monday night

Courtesy of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Storm Prediction Center

The light drizzle that greeted sunrise in Wichita is likely to linger much of the day, forecasters say.

The precipitation began before midnight Sunday and had added up to .10 by 6 a.m. Monday, said Vanessa Pearce, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. The drizzle could strengthen to showers and thunderstorms this evening, with a squall line moving through the region early Tuesday morning.

The same storm system has the potential to produce tornadoes in southwest and portions of central Kansas, weather officials say. Even better chances for tornadoes today are taking shape in Oklahoma and Texas.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Storm Prediction Center has posted an enhanced risk for severe weather for segments of Oklahoma and Texas, with a 10 percent chance of tornadoes. There’s a 5 percent chance of tornadoes in parts of western and northwest Kansas.

“It’s definitely possible, given the conditions that are there,” Pearce said.

Behind the front, the northwest corner of Kansas could be dealing with a blizzard Tuesday, weather officials say. Goodland could receive 4 to 6 inches of snow, with 6 to 10 inches possible just west of the state line in Colorado.

Wichita will be spared that taste of winter, with highs Monday and Tuesday in the low 60s. The primary threat from the squall line for the Wichita area will be robust winds, Pearce said, though small hail could also be embedded in the storm.

Skies should begin to clear on Tuesday morning once the remnants of the front have moved through the area, forecasters say.

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

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