Storm chances continue through Friday

A bolt of lightning illuminates the sky as a summer storm packing high winds and heavy rains sweeps over downtown Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

***A Tornado Watch is now in effect for Cloud, Republic, Washington, Marshall, Nemaha, Brown, Pottawatomie, Jackson, Shawnee, Douglas and Jefferson Counties until 7 pm.***

We’re tracking what’s left of last night’s round of severe weather out in Central and Western Kansas. Expect some scattered (non-severe) showers out there this morning. It looks like most of the rain wraps up by lunchtime with clearing skies expected through Thursday. Highs will bounce back into the lower 80s by the afternoon – keeping with the ‘above average’ temperature trend we’ve had lately. Winds get a bit out of control this afternoon, as we expect a south wind to gust upwards of 40 mph! Get ready for a VERY WINDY day. The temperatures will slowly slipping as this week unfolds. You’ll remember it was 90° on Monday. We’re still tracking a much cooler weekend – don’t expect highs much warmer than 70° on Saturday and Sunday.

Tomorrow’s forecast is VERY similar to yesterday’s – it’s going to be ‘nice’ all day with the chance for stronger storms moving in…late. The chance for severe weather exists late Thursday night and again on Friday, but it’s still too early to pinpoint the timing and location of the individual storms. Locally heavy rain, gusty winds and even some large hail will be possible late Thursday and Friday. It’s worth mentioning that recent models paint a much cooler scenario on Friday and if that becomes the case, severe weather would be completely out of the forecast. As of now, we have kept a high temperature around 76° on Friday afternoon and we’ll tweak that forecast over the next day or so. Stay tuned.

Scattered showers could linger into Saturday morning, but for the most part, this weekend is looking really nice…again. Expect lots of sunshine on both Saturday and Sunday with seasonably cool temps. We talked about it before, but count on daytime temps in the 50s and 60s. We’ll slowly warm things up heading into next week with more chances for thunderstorms next Tuesday. As is always the case this time of the year, things can change in the extended forecast. We’ll fine-tune in the coming days, taking the forecast as it comes, hour-by-hour.

You’re already in the right place for the latest weather information across Northeast Kansas. Be sure to check back for regular forecast updates, as more storms pop-up over the next couple days. You can also download our KSNT Storm Track Weather App for free right here. It’s also available (for free) on your local mobile marketplace – Android, iPhone, etc. It’s the very best way to get an up-to-the-minute forecast on-the-go! No matter where you are, we’re always watching and always tracking!

Have a great day!

– KSNT Storm Track Meteorologist Kyle Borchert

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