A strong frontal boundary is on the move and it will be the focus for unsettled weather throughout the rest of the evening. Strong to severe storms will persist into the nighttime hours across Southcentral and Southeastern Kansas. A Severe T-Storm Watch is in effect until midnight. This includes Wichita.
Not only is hail going to be a concern but also a gusty wind threat and an isolated tornado or two are not out of the question.
Heavy rainfall and flash flooding are going to be factors as these thunderstorms evolve into more of a complex later tonight. As these storms begin to form that line, that’s where we’re going to find the greatest wind threat.
In terms of rainfall amounts, there could be some isolated spots exceeding 2″ with the highest rainfall rates.
This front will march eastward through Wednesday night with a drier day expected Thursday.
We have another upper-level wave of energy that could spark isolated showers for our day tomorrow with possibly a rumble of thunder. This should clear the area by late Thursday night with more pleasant Friday on the horizon.
We’ll see a mix of clouds and sunshine with temperatures warming right back up. Highs will surge back into the 70s by Friday afternoon with even milder air by Saturday. Afternoon readings will be exceeding 80° for some parts of the area. Another chance of thunderstorms will arrive by Eastern Sunday and these also have the possibility of being strong. Continue to monitor the latest, especially if you have to go to Easter Service or have those outdoor egg hunts planned.
-Chief Meteorologist Lisa Teachman