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After several severe thunderstorms impacted parts of western and central Kansas on Tuesday, we will get a break from the severe thunderstorm activity today. That changes by Thursday as another powerful storm system moves into the Plains. There is the potential for this system to produce significant severe weather across western and central Kansas.
Initial storms will develop after 4pm or 5pm in southwest Kansas. This activity will push northeastward Thursday evening into central Kansas.
All severe hazards will be possible with these storms. Initial storms will have the possibility to produce giant (3-4 inch) hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes. There is a risk for a couple strong tornadoes in the significant risk area Thursday evening.
Storms may begin to form into a line as they near the I-135 corridor near sunset. This would lower the tornado threat some, though isolated tornadoes would still be possible within the line of storms. Additionally, straight-line winds up to 75 mph and isolated hail would also be possible.
We will have an updated forecast with further details Thursday morning. You are urged to remain aware of the weather situation — especially if you live in the significant risk area — throughout the day Thursday.
There is another possibility for severe storms on Friday mainly over eastern Kansas. There is still uncertainty with regard to this potential, so we will have more updates through the next couple of days as we will focus on Thursday’s risk for now.