Southerly winds have been strong today, especially over south-central and southeastern Kansas. This is pumping in moisture that will feed our next storm system on Wednesday. A good chunk of the country is under a risk for severe thunderstorms.
Half of Kansas is in a Slight Risk (yellow) with the Enhanced Risk (orange) nudging up against the Kansas/Oklahoma state line. Large hail is the main concern along with damaging winds and heavy rainfall. The tornado threat is low, but not zero.
Overnight the focus for any thunderstorm development will be in northwest Kansas. These storms will track northeast deeper into the night and move into Nebraska. While a pop-up shower or storm cannot be ruled out for our central and eastern communities, most of us should have a quiet night.
Winds will be gusty keeping our lows in the lower 60s. Areas behind the front will be cooler in the 40s.
Those of us ahead of the cold front Wednesday afternoon and evening need to be on guard. Strong to severe thunderstorms look likely. These storms will initiate first in southwest Kansas into the Oklahoma Panhandle.
The atmosphere then unzips to the northeast along the front heading into evening. Rainfall amounts up to an inch are definitely possible in the heavier pockets of rainfall.
This activity will move out Wednesday night. There is a slim chance for a random, pop-up shower or storm Thursday.
Our skies will turn unsettled again by Easter Sunday. More storms are in store and one or two of these could also be strong.
While temperatures will take a cooler turn on Thursday, we’ll soar through the 70s again this weekend before cooling off early next week.
-Chief Meteorologist Lisa Teachman