Finger on the Weather

Wichita weather: 70s on Friday, strong storms on Saturday

The weather continues to defy the calender in the Wichita area.

Friday could see highs touch 70, a number that won’t draw many complaints except from those wanting cold and snow to get into the Christmas spirit. The record high of 75 was set in 1939.

70Friday’s projected high

It should be a mostly sunny day, forecasters agree, with winds shifting from the west-southwest to the north later in the day. Gusts could reach the mid-20s.

44Average high for Dec. 11

Saturday could see showers and thunderstorms early and again later in the day, with highs in the mid-60s. The Storm Prediction Center has posted a slight risk for severe weather in portions of Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. The Wichita metropolitan area is included in the slight risk zone.

In Kansas, you can never say never

Paul Howerton, National Weather Service meteorologist, talking about tornadoes

“While instability is expected to remain somewhat limited, this convection could organize into a squall line as it migrates toward the I-35 corridor” from southern Kansas into north-central Texas, a statement issued by the Storm Prediction Center cautions. “A few tornadoes could be noted with supercells, but damaging winds may become the primary threat as activity organizes and spreads east.”

While tornadoes won’t be the primary threat Saturday, “in Kansas, you can never say never,” said Paul Howerton, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wichita.

Monitor conditions and updates on Saturday. The best chances for severe weather Saturday will be late afternoon into the evening, forecasters say. Sunday will be rainy and colder in Wichita, with highs only in the mid-40s.

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

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