Fire is the biggest danger today
Fire departments across Kansas have put on extra staff today with the expectation that they will have to fight large, extremely hard-to-contain grass fires. Today’s conditions are as bad or worse than the days this winter that produced huge fires and forced evacuations in Russell and Reno counties.
OUTDOOR BURNING IS STRONGLY DISCOURAGED IN THE PINK AREA. High wind warnings overlay much of the fire warning area, as seen below:
In the gold area, and fires that start will be nearly impossible to control. It will also be exceedingly difficult to drive on east-west roads with south wind gusting to 55mph in the pink and brown area, above that in the gold area.
Severe Storm Risk: Low-end
Hail around quarter-size is the primary risk along the Kansas Turnpike, with thunderstorm wind becoming the higher risk as the line of storms fills in east of the Turnpike after 9pm. Tornadoes would be surprising, but not out of the question.
Rest of the Week
Rain exits the state to the ease by early afternoon tomorrow, most locations missing out on this round, but up to an inch possible where the line of storms passes. Look for sunny and dry conditions Thursday, with a few clouds developing daytime Friday. A quick-hitting system brings chances for widespread half-inch rinfall overnight Friday. The weekend looks sunny and nice.