to 3 inches of rain could fall in parts of the metropolitan area and
southeast Kansas by the time the storm system departs the area late this
“There’s going to be a lot of gradual rain here, which is
what we need,” said Mike Smith, senior vice president at AccuWeather
Enterprise Solutions in Wichita.
The “widespread soaking rain,” as
National Weather Service meteorologist Scott Smith put it, will be
embedded with the occasional thunderstorm.
Prediction Center is projecting between 1.5 and 2.5 inches of rain for
Wichita through Friday, with parts of southeast Kansas receiving up to 4
If that forecast proves accurate, the rain should take a
healthy bite out of the drought still gripping the region, forecasters
say. Wichita is 4 inches below normal for precipitation.
“We are way behind” in rainfall for the year, Scott Smith said. “That should help quite a bit.”
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