Severe storms miss Emporia; additional storms possible this weekend

A line of strong to severe thunderstorms brought moderate to heavy rain and marginally severe hail to parts of the KVOE listening area east of Emporia.

The line formed almost on top of Emporia along a cold front and dryline and pushed slowly east. Hail was noted within an hour of formation, with pea-sized hail near Reading shortly after 4:40 pm. That cluster moved into northwest Osage County and lost its punch as it approached Topeka, but a second cluster moved through northeast Greenwood and southeast Lyon counties, dropping quarter-sized hail in Madison and Neosho Rapids.

Rain totals varied widely:

KVOE studios: Trace
East Emporia: 0.10 inches
Between Hartford and Olpe: 0.32 inches
Neosho Rapids: 0.50 inches

Friday should be a calm, peaceful spring day with highs in the low 70s. Storm chances increase by late Saturday, with a good chance of storm activity on Mother's Day.

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