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Severe thunderstorm watch issued for Wichita area

Severe thunderstorm watch issued for Wichita area

By George Lawson. CREATED Apr 13, 2014

UPDATE:  A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for much of south central and southeast Kansas through 7 this evening.  The watch area includes the city of Wichita and Sedgwick County, and it also includes Harvey, Sumner, Butler, Cowley, Chase and Marion counties.   Storms began developing in eastern Kansas just before noon, and there were a few storms in Harvey and Marion counties, moving to the northeast. 


A cold front will bring a chance of showers and storms to the Wichita area today, and some of the storms could be severe.  The main area that could see severe weather is east of Wichita and the Kansas Turnpike, with severe storms possible from Butler and Cowley counties into the southeastern corner of the state.  The storms could have golf ball size hail and winds up to 70 miles an hour.  After the storm threat, temperatures will drop and some snow will be in the forecast.

Temperatures will reach a high of 78 early in the afternoon, then they'll drop into the 50's.   Light rain could be mixed with snow early Monday, and Monday's high will only reach 45.  That would match the 1928 record for the coldest high temperature on April 14th.     There will also be a freeze watch for the Wichita area Monday evening into Tuesday morning, with the low expected to be 27.