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Storms strike northwest Kansas


By The Hays Daily News

By The Hays Daily News

Hail ranging in diameter from 1 to 2 inches was reported from area counties Sunday night, according to the National Weather Service in Dodge City.

A spokesperson for the NWS said there were reports of hail across Trego, Ellis and Rush counties Sunday evening, with some 2-inch hail in La Crosse in Rush County.

The NWS forecast more thunderstorms in the Hays area today that could be severe and include larger than 2-inch hail.

A cold front is expected to push into western Kansas on Tuesday, with temperatures dropping to the upper 30s by the evening.

There is a 50-percent chance of rain or snow Tuesday night, with a slight chance of snow through Wednesday morning.

The rain was a welcome relief for some but even caused WaKeeney Speedway's Spring Fling to be postponed again. The season-opening event at WaKeeney originally was scheduled for March 23, but due to forecasts of cold weather and snow, track officials moved the event to Sunday.

The rain hit the WaKeeney area at approximately 4 p.m., and small hail pelted the region for a short period of time, even piling up into a slushy matter on windshield wipers as it moved through town.

Several racers were able to get out of the track infield before the rain made things too muddy, but others needed assistance maneuvering through the mud to get out of the infield.

According to early morning information provided by the NWS, the possibility of severe storms is expected in northwest Kansas again today. But today's storm might produce even larger hail and higher winds, with the chance of an isolated tornado.

This morning's commute also was affected by Mother Nature as dense fog slowed drivers in parts of the area.