WEATHER: Areawide tornado watch in place until 11 pm

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Severe thunderstorm activity, capable of producing all hazards, remain a possibility in the forecast for the KVOE listening area.

A tornado watch has been issued for the entire KVOE listening area until 11 pm Friday. TV-13 meteorologist Thomas Schmidt says storm activity is expected in two waves across the strongest storms, and maximum tornado risk, possible between now and 6 pm.

The second line of storms is expected to form between now and midnight which could bring damaging winds up 70 mph with large hail also possible.

A wind advisory continues for Chase and Greenwood counties until 10 pm Friday night. Residents are reminded that their severe weather plan is ready, just in case.

Be sure to stay with KVOE, KVOE.com and KVOE social media for updates and join KVOE’s social media channels on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter if you’ve already done so. KVOE’s Storm Team volunteer spotter network will have “ground truth” reports as needed.

Noon Friday: WEATHER: Moderate risk for north half of KVOE listening area; all hazards still possible by late Friday afternoon

A risk of severe thunderstorms – possibly in KVOE listening area Friday

The Storm Prediction Center expanded and moderate risk area originally for north-central Kansas. It now includes parts of the KVOE listening area just north of Interstate 35 and US Highway 50. The enhanced risk area.

Isolated storms could form along a dryline, where temperatures are similar but humidity levels are significantly different in front and behind that weather feature. More likely to be a cold front which is behind the dryline.

TV-13 meteorologist Doug Meyers encourages residents to be ready, just in case storms indeed fire up as expected.

A late-morning update from the National Weather Service indicates all hazards are possible with either round of activity, with the overall risk of severe weather setting up between 5 pm and midnight.

Be sure to stay with KVOE, KVOE.com and KVOE social media for updates and join KVOE’s social media channels on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter if you’ve already done so. KVOE’s Storm Team volunteer spotter network will have “ground truth” reports as needed.

5:30 am Friday: Enhanced severe weather risk ahead Friday afternoon, evening

Strong to severe thunderstorms are possible across the KVOE listening area Friday.

Thunderstorms before sunrise have posed low-end severe weather risk for quarter-sized hail and 60 mph winds. The enhanced risk of exposure to activity from mid-afternoon through midnight, reflecting the chance of hail up to 2 inches in diameter or the size of eggs, as well as wind gusts up to 70 mph and “a few tornadoes.”

Storms later Friday could form both rounds of storms after noon. April 12 when there were just a handful of storms – none in the area – and no severe weather. TV-13 meteorologist Doug Meyers calls severe weather forecasting a puzzle.

It will be a windy day areawide. Wind advisories for Chase and Greenwood counties have now been extended and now run from 1 pm Friday to 1 am Saturday. The wind could be as high as 45 mph in the alerted counties and up to 40 mph elsewhere across the listening area.

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