Risk Assessment: No Severe Storms Expected

Behind the Front, Increasing Fire Risk

Wind will pick up across southeast Kansas this afternoon in the wake of the front which is expected to fire off severe weather to our east. This combined with dry fuels will increase the risk of rangeland fires.

Photos of Old and New sirens in Salina Kansas, taken 2/13/17 2

New Outdoor Warning Sirens in Salina

The City of Salina is replacing its Cold War-era warning sirens with a modern system that allows sirens to be sounded for only the part of town under a warning. I speak with Saline County Emergency Manager Hannah Stambaugh about the system and why they're so excited to have it.

Marginal to slight risk for severe storms 2/28/17 south and east of a line from near Atchison to near Independence

SE Kansas Could See Storms Tuesday

There is a marginal to slight risk for about the southeastern one-quarter of Kansas from a system that's expected to bring damaging tornadoes and hail to Missouri and Illinois. Main risk in Kansas is hail up to 1.5".

Fire Safety Crucial Until it Greens Up

Elevated Fire Risk in western Kansas coincides with Wildfire Awareness Week across the state. Outdoor burning should be avoided due to the dry grasses and dormant trees. Kansas wind will cause any fires that occur to spread rapidly.