**Severe thunderstorm watch is in effect for Republic, Cloud, Washington, Marshall, Nemaha, Brown, Clay, Dickinson, Riley, Geary, Morris, Pottawatomie, Wabaunsee, and Jackson counties until 11 pm tonight.**
The main focus for tonight continues to be the potential of strong to severe storms to develop as our next cold front pushes through. All of northeast Kansas is under the slight risk of severe weather for this evening, with the main threats being possibly large hail, damaging winds, and heavy rainfall. However, an isolated tornado or two cannot be entirely ruled out either. Initial development looks to begin in our northwestern areas, with scattered showers and storms expected in that region between 5 and 7 pm. The chance of storms will progress to the southeast as the cold front moves through. Our central areas, including Topeka, look to see their round of activity between 8 and 11 pm, with our southeastern areas seeing it last, between midnight and 2 am.
As this cold front pushes through, the chance of rain diminishes. However, mostly cloudy skies will still stick around for tonight as overnight lows drop off into the 50s. Mainly sunny skies return for tomorrow, but that frontal passage leaves us noticeably cooler as highs are only expected to climb into the 60s. 50 degree weather returns for Friday and Saturday as our next widespread chance of rain, and possibly a few thunderstorms, returns.