A Tornado Watch is in effect for northwest Kansas and southwest Nebraska through 10 PM CDT. Tornadoes will be isolated with a concentration on damaging, straight-line winds of 80 MPH. Hail to the size of baseballs is also possible.
A Severe T-Storm Watch is in effect until 2 AM for the southwestern part of Kansas and a few counties in the central part of the state.
Heavy rainfall that could lead to flash flooding is also a major concern. Rainfall estimates of 2″ – 3″ per hour are possible.
These storms will rocket to the southeast across the state through the overnight.
They will maintain severe status through midnight with a gradual weakening trend as they approach the Wichita metro.
Storms are expected in south central Kansas between 2 and 3 AM Saturday. Any leftovers should wrap up by dawn.
Then, we will set the stage for 2 more rounds of strong to severe thunderstorms. Two more complexes will track across the state this weekend. The next, Saturday night into Sunday morning.
The following, Sunday night into Monday morning. Damaging winds and large hail are possible along with heavy rainfall and frequent lightning in both of these complexes.
Be sure to stay connected with KSN as these storms move through and please be weather aware! I’ll have frequent updates this evening, on-air and online. – Chief Meteorologist Lisa Teachman