Strong To Severe Thunderstorms Possible This Evening

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Widespread showers and thunderstorms will develop this morning, affecting most of the area. The severe risk with this initial round is fairly low. After a brief break in the late morning, storms could redevelop during the afternoon in areas north of I-70, before moving northeast out of the area. Storms could be severe, with large hail, damaging winds, and possibly a couple tornadoes.

Strong winds will be possible today and tonight across the entire area. Across portions of north-central Kansas, these winds will combine with low relative humidity to result in very high fire danger.

A roller coaster of March weather is expected across northeast Kansas the next few days. After showers and storms today, a strong cold front will drop weekend temperatures back to values more typical of winter, before warmer conditions gradually return early next week.


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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.