The first thing everyone will notice this morning is the smoky smell and hazy sky. Ongoing burning, especially in the Flint Hills, will keep the air quality poor this morning. Also because overnight winds have been light. But they’ll turn stronger by the afternoon which will help mix the air more and improve the air quality.
There are a few rain showers making their way through Northwestern Kansas and most rain showers around early in the day will impact our northern counties. Any chance of rain continues to lift north as we approach the afternoon but an isolated rumble can’t be ruled out.
Highs will turn mild again and warm into the 60s under a mostly cloudy sky.
By late afternoon and early evening we’ll start to see some storms develop in Southwestern Kansas. This is where there’s a Marginal Risk of severe weather and a threat of large hail and damaging winds. A Slight (greater) Risk of severe weather is south of Kansas and will impact Western Oklahoma. It also stretches into our Oklahoma counties. Any severe storms that develop will be isolated.
Strong storms will track east through the evening and reach the Wichita Metro after dark. We’ll wake up to some leftover showers and storms in Central Kansas but they’ll be gone by lunchtime Thursday.
We’ll get a break from wet and stormy weather Friday as area highs warm into the 70s. Another chance of showers and storms moves in over the weekend with the best chance between Saturday night and Sunday. There could be some lingering rain into Monday but we’ll dry out completely by late day. More mild temperatures are looking likely into next week but we’ll also have to watch out for more unsettled skies mid to late next week.