Emporia escaped severe thunderstorm damage caused by a strong cold front Tuesday night, but Chase County did not.
A spotter three miles south of Cottonwood Falls said tree branches measuring an inch or more in diameter were knocked down by the storm.
Much of Lyon County received driving rain, starting with a severe thunderstorm warning at 7 p.m.
A spotter five miles northwest of Reading reported 3.35 inches of rain at 7 a.m. Wednesday. Other places had less than that, but still impressive amounts.
A location three miles northwest of Emporia had 2.35 inches at 8 a.m. A recording station five miles south-southeast of Bushong had 2.06 inches around 7:50 a.m.
The Allen area had not only rain but also hail at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Emporia Municipal Airport received 1.17 inches before the rain stopped around 1 a.m.
The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reported that K-99 was closed Wednesday morning as a precaution, between Interstate 35 and the Road 240-Road L area.
The Lyon County Emergency Communications Center added that parts of Route 160 and Route 215 were also barricaded due to flooding.
Evergy showed around 657 customers without power in Council Grove at the height of the storm on Tuesday evening. One-time outages also occurred in other locations, including Madison.
The chance of rain decreases on Wednesday in Emporia. But the National Weather Service has put a 30% “chance of snow” in the forecast for Thursday morning as the temperature will drop to near zero.
Any rain-snow mix will become fully rainy by 10 a.m. Thursday. Then the sun should break through during the afternoon. But more rain is possible on Friday evening, as well as between Sunday and Tuesday next week.