A couple of different weather issues are on tap for today. First, a WIND ADVISORY will be in effect for an area including Butler County from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. today. Strong, sustained south winds of 30-35 mph are expected with gusts to 45 mph possible.
The second issue is our growing severe weather threat. Today’s activity should remain largely west of the I-135 corrider during the day. The Storm Prediction Center has issued a Moderate Risk area that encompasses a large portion of western and central Kansas, ending right at our western border. Those locations within the Moderate Risk area should be on the lookout for supercell thunderstorms capable of producing greater than 2” diameter hailstones, damaging winds, and tornadoes. As the storms progress across the state throughout the evening and overnight hours, the tornado threat is expected to diminish. However, damaging winds and large hail will remain a possibility as they move into our area.
Tomorrow is shaping up to be another active severe weather day, and current forecasts shift the target from western/central Kansas to along and east of the Turnpike. As the Storm Prediction Center states, the environment in southern Kansas should be ripe for “robust storm development” by late afternoon tomorrow. Supercell thunderstorms capable of producing large hail and tornadoes will again be possible.