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Varied weekly forecast calls for storms and snow

4/7/2013

By DIANE GASPER-O'BRIEN

dobrien@dailynews.net

Spring has sprung, but don't pack away your winter jackets just yet.

While temperatures in the 60s and 70s teased folks in the Hays area last week, the short-range forecast could bring wind and thunderstorms, maybe even a tornado. And snow.

All in the same week.

The National Weather Service forecast thunderstorms, some severe with wind and hail, for today through Tuesday.

By Tuesday night, there even could be some snow with below-freezing temperatures by Wednesday night.

"This time of year, it's a battle between warmer temperatures and upper disturbances, colder temperatures from the Upper Plains plunging down into the Central Plains," said Matt Gerard, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Dodge City.

Temperatures are expected to reach the 60s again by the end of the week, but anyone planning to attend outdoor activities might want to keep warm outerwear, as well as an umbrella, handy for a while.

"The next two, three weeks, there are continued possibilities at shots of cooler air coming down from the north," Gerard said. "(Cold weather) isn't completely over yet."