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Friday, April 27, 2012

Moderate risk of severe weather today in parts of Kansas

Posted: April 27, 2012 - 7:20am
Updated: April 27, 2012 - 3:25pm

The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center (SPC) in Norman, Oklahoma has upgraded their prediction for severe weather in central and eastern Kansas today.

As a surface low moves across Kansas, strong southerly winds are expected. These winds will help a warm front move northward into eastern Kansas. These factors contribute to the now increased "Moderate" risk of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes late this afternoon into this evening.

The main threat for the Kansas City and Lawrence area still appears to be large hail, possibly as large as golf ball sized. Douglas County has been placed under at Tornado Watch until 9 p.m..

The categorical outlook shows the new "Moderate Risk" area for severe weather potential. This area extends from extreme west-central Missouri extending across eastern and central Kansas to near Salina, Kansas. (More maps below).

Categorical outlook
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The maps below show the areas that the Storm Prediction Center believes stand the greatest probabilities of severe weather for each specific map.
Tornado outlook
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Wind outlook
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Hail outlook
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This information is current as of the Storm Prediction Center's 3:00 p.m.. CST report. Information is updated several times daily. For the latest from the SPC and more on the above maps please visit their website for their "Day 1" today's outlook.

All information provided by the Storm Prediction Center (Norman, Oklahoma), and the National Weather Service offices (Pleasant Hill, Missouri and Topeka, Kansas).

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