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Wichita weather: Showers, thunderstorms this afternoon and evening

A man talks on his cellphone while walking across a parking lot in the rain in downtown Wichita on Friday morning. Heavier rain is most likely in Wichita after 2 p.m. with widespread showers by this evening. (April 29, 2016)
A man talks on his cellphone while walking across a parking lot in the rain in downtown Wichita on Friday morning. Heavier rain is most likely in Wichita after 2 p.m. with widespread showers by this evening. (April 29, 2016) The Wichita Eagle

Rain returns to the region on Friday, forecasters say.

Spotty showers are possible in the morning in Wichita, with thunderstorms more likely this afternoon and evening. With the ground still saturated from several rounds of rain Tuesday, localized flooding is possible.

“This is a strong system,” said Robb Lawson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wichita. “These will be a different kind of storms than we had the other night, but they could still produce some hail.”

Rain is most likely in Wichita after 2 p.m., he said, with widespread showers by this evening. The tornado threat will be down in Oklahoma and Texas, but isolated hail is possible in the Wichita area.

Highs should reach the mid-60s, with winds out of the east and northeast in the teens. Gusts will approach 30 miles an hour at times.

Showers could linger into Saturday morning, forecasters say, with chances persisting into the daytime hours. Highs will be in the upper 60s under mostly cloudy skies, with light winds out of the west.

Sunday should be mostly cloudy, with highs in the low 60s.

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

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