A Severe T-Storm Watch is in effect until 11 PM for a good chunk of Kansas. This includes the cities of Pratt, Medicine Lodge, Hays, Garden City, Dodge City, Liberal and Elkhart. Northwestern Kansas and most of our counties in SW Nebraska have been added to a Severe Thunderstorm Watch as well until 10 PM.
Damaging winds and large hail are both possible. The tornado threat is low, but not zero.
These storms will start discreet and quickly form into a line where winds in excess of 60-70 MPH are possible.
They will work across the state and gradually weaken as the night continues.
We aren’t finished with our chances for severe storms after this bout goes by tonight. As a storm system tracks eastward on Saturday, new storm development will initiate during the afternoon and early evening from areas along and east of I-135.
All forms of severe weather are possible, although the better chances for tornadoes will be northeast of a line from Concordia to Topeka. Closer to Wichita, damaging winds and large hail will be our primary concerns along with heavy rainfall.
Skies will quiet down by Sunday. However, unsettled conditions will return Monday through much of next week with multiple rounds of storms. Be sure to stay connected with us this evening, on-air and online as we track these storms. – Chief Meteorologist Lisa Teachman