Forecasters are warning the season’s first severe weather outbreak could target north-central Kansas beginning this afternoon.

Thunderstorms are expected to begin developing around 3 p.m. along Kansas Highway 283, tracking east and northeast, according to information shared by Trego County emergency management coordinator Kathleen Fabrizius.

“Impacts will be 2-inch hail, 60 mph winds and possible brief tornado,” Fabrizius wrote on the Trego County Emergency Management Facebook page. “As they move east, Ellis County will expect 3.25-inch hail, 70 mph winds and possible tornadic activity.”

The greatest chances for severe weather likely will be between 3 and 9 p.m.

Officials with the National Weather Service in Dodge City also took to social media advising residents to pay attention to weather forecasts and have emergency plans in place.

In the event of a tornado warning, residents are reminded to seek safe shelter, preferably in a basement or at least in an interior room away from windows. It is not safe to remain in a vehicle or mobile home in the event of a tornado.