Finger on the Weather

Sunday could bring strong thunderstorms – and perhaps a tornado – to Wichita area

It could be a stormy Sunday in the Wichita area, forecasters say.

Isolated severe thunderstorms are possible west of the Flint Hills from midafternoon on, according to the National Weather Service. While the primary threats will be heavy rain, winds of up to 70 mph and large hail, an “isolated tornado or two can not be ruled out,” an agency statement said.

Tuesday continues to carry significant potential for a violent weather outbreak from southern and central Kansas – including the Wichita metropolitan area – south into Texas.

“All modes of severe weather possible” on Tuesday, a hazardous weather outlook issued by the weather service said.

That includes “very large hail, damaging winds and tornadoes. Exact details on timing, magnitude and areas impacted remain unclear at this time, but will be refined in the coming days.”

The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., has issued a slight risk for severe weather Sunday for most of the eastern half of Kansas. The agency has already posted a 30 percent chance of severe weather in south-central and southeast Kansas for Tuesday, along with most of Oklahoma and a small segment of northern Texas.

Residents in these areas are being advised to review their shelter plans for both home and work and to monitor forecasts and conditions closely.