After talking about it for days, good rain chances are on tap for much of the state today into midday Friday. The precip will begin in far southwestern Kansas in the form of showers during the mid-late morning hours, then shift east and expand in coverage as the afternoon goes on. There will be enough instability for some small hail and rumbles of thunder with the storms, especially in southwest Kansas, however, no severe weather is anticipated.
By evening time, most of western Kansas should be seeing rainfall. As the evening continues, the precip will move east-southeast into parts of southern Kansas. The remainder of the evening will be pretty rainy for southern Kansas, and there will be rumbles of thunder mixed in at times. Rain should continue into Friday morning, before moving south into Oklahoma by early afternoon. After that, skies should clear out, setting us up for a nice weekend.
While not a drought buster, this rain will be helpful for areas of the state that continue to be stricken by drought. The highest rain amounts look to be from northwest into southwest Kansas, where 1/4 to 3/4 inch can be found, with locally higher amounts possible.
Highs today will range from the mid 50s in western Kansas, to the upper 60s across eastern Kansas. Winds will come around to the southeast and range from 10-20 mph.
Severe Weather Awareness Week
- Monday: Understanding the Storm Prediction Center risk forecasts
- Tuesday: What are risk-based warnings?
- Wednesday: The siren mentality: Is it more dangerous than storms?
- Thursday: The 2020 Iowa derecho and what Kansans can take from the event
- Friday: Hail: The consistent economic outperformer
- Saturday: How to make your home more storm ready
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