Strong to Severe Thunderstorms Still Expected this Evening
Chance for Rain Mother’s Day Morning with Slowly Clearing Skies in the Afternoon.
TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Some folks woke up in the night to thunder and lightning, heavy rain, and small hail at times. Areas caught in these storms experienced between 1-2 inches of rainfall and got up to see a soggy morning outside. Today will be partly cloudy for most of the day with highs reaching the lower 80s especially farther south with southerly winds between 15-20 mph, gusting to 30 at times.
Around 5-6 pm this afternoon, thunderstorms are likely to develop in central and southwest Kansas. These storms will quickly intensify along a dry line and move northeast to bump up against a warm front. The threat for tornadoes is highest at this point with these storms likely be separated and possibly rotating. As they track east, the tornado threat will still exist, but it will come down some and the threat turns into large isolated hail and thunderstorm strength winds. Hailstones the size of golf balls and wind gusts between 60-70 will be possible.
Severe storms will develop in central Kansas, near Russell. This line of storms will move east and affect most of the WIBW-TV viewing area. The key time for risk over northeast Kansas will begin around 7 p.m. and could last through 2 a.m. Any storms that can remain isolated would have the higher risk of producing tornadoes or very large hail. Hail will be the most common threat from this system. The potential of hailstones the size of baseballs exists this evening. After 11 p.m. the storms are projected to become a more organized cluster and move together east/southeast with the potential of widespread severe wind. If you must be out this evening, keep the WIBW Weather App handy and monitor the radar on our app for any approaching storms. We will be live on Channel 13 with updates for any dangerous storms and we will also live stream on our web channel and social media with frequent updates. Download the WIBW Weather App to get continued updates on the situation.
There is a chance for some lingering rain showers on Mother’s Day morning with no severe threats. The rain will clear out by mid morning at the latest leaving behind mostly cloudy skies that will start slowly clearing a little bit by late Sunday afternoon. Sunday night will get down to near 42 degrees.
For Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday there is a moderate chance of seeing light rain showers throughout the day. No thunderstorms are expected to start the week and rain amounts will not be very high. Highs will continue to be about 10-15 degrees below normal in the 60s and lows in the 40s with cloudy sky conditions through Wednesday. We start to see potentially more sun than clouds on Thursday with highs near 70 once again. We’ll likely be close to 80 on Friday and Saturday with mostly sunny conditions.
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