Severe storms possible in Douglas County

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Post updated at 4:44 p.m. Tuesday, April 30:

Severe storms are expected to develop Tuesday afternoon, and severe weather is possible for Douglas County Tuesday and over the next few days.

A weather advisory from the National Weather Service in Topeka says that severe thunderstorms developing along a cold front to the west could reach Douglas County around 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

“All modes of severe weather will be possible with large hail around 2 inches, wind gusts to 70 mph and a few tornadoes possible. Locally heavy rainfall will also be possible as well,” according to the advisory.

The NWS also issued a tornado watch for Douglas County, effective through 11 p.m. Tuesday.

The forecast shows an overnight low of 56° for Lawrence Tuesday night into Wednesday.

More storms are expected Wednesday through Thursday.

“Several rounds of thunderstorms could generate heavy rainfall and increase the potential for flooding and flash flooding. Be sure to remain up to date with the latest forecast information,” according to NWS.

As of Tuesday morning, the NWS forecast showed a 70% chance of precipitation Tuesday night, 60-80% chance on Wednesday and a 90% chance on Thursday. Friday and Saturday forecasts showed smaller chances of precipitation, 20-40%.

Severe weather resources

National Weather Service local office (Topeka):
 Find the latest weather forecast info and severe weather advisories for the Lawrence area at this link.

In the event of rapidly changing severe weather, such as tornadoes, the NWS posts frequent updates on Twitter, @NWSTopeka. You do not need a Twitter account to see tweets from NWS.

NWS is also on Facebook,

 Call 785-234-2592 to hear the forecast.

Douglas County Emergency Management:
Follow @DgCoEM on Twitter or Douglas County, KS- Emergency Management on Facebook,

Sign up to receive emergency alerts at

Find lots of tips on severe weather and other emergency preparedness on DgCoEM’s website at

Report storm damage (for non-emergencies only, and after storm danger has passed) by calling the nonemergency dispatch line at 785-843-0250 or 785-832-7509.

Evergy outages:
Check the status of power outages on the Evergy outage map,

Report a power outage at, or call 800-544-4857.

For down powerlines, call 911.

City of Lawrence snow info:
The city has snow information and a map at that shows information about road conditions and snow plow locations. The city typically begins snow and ice control for residential roadways when 2 or more inches of snowfall or icing occurs.

Air quality:
Check the current air quality index in Lawrence and elsewhere through AirNow,

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