Rain Brings Flood Watches, Warnings To Northeast Kansas

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-- Rain caused flood watches and warnings across portions of Eastern Kansas Wednesday.

Flood watches and warnings were issued for many Eastern Kansas counties Wednesday evening. Manhattan and the immediate surrounding area was issued a flood warning. Areas around Topeka and Emporia were issued flood watches.

A Tornado Watch was initially issued by the National Weather Service Wednesday until 10 p.m. for counties generally southeast of the Kansas Turnpike. The NWS later shifted the line of counties included in the Tornado Watch further south and east.

A warm front was to blame for the tornado potential on Wednesday, as well as a very strong jet stream overhead. By sunset Wednesday evening, winds were from the north across the entire eastern portion of the state and the tornado threat was gone. Heavy rain remained through Wednesday night. And the potential for Flash Flooding will stay through Thursday morning.

Also of note, I-70 was closed on Wednesday evening from Denver to Goodland due to Snow and Blowing Snow. Forecasters are still indicating that snow will reach North-Central Kansas by Thursday morning.

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Thursday's highs will only reach the low 40s with a chance of a few snowflakes north-central KS tomorrow.