It’s officially spring, but there is a different S-word in Friday’s forecast.
The Hays area could receive about an inch of accumulation as a cold air mass moves into central and south-central Kansas.
“It looks like the Hays area will have the better opportunity for the snow,” said Ray Burgert, a meteorologist with Dodge City National Weather Service. “It’s still a little early to really pinpoint just how much, but it looks like what will happen is we’ll start off with some cold rain early Friday, changing over to snow.”
Precipitation is expected to begin early Friday morning, with rain likely turning to snow as a cold front moves in. It also will be unseasonably cold, with a high of 38 degrees expected early in the day. Temperatures then could drop into the 20s, with wind chills possibly in the teens, Burgert said.
While April snowfall is not uncommon in western Kansas, the extreme cold temperatures have the potential to break seasonal records by Saturday morning.
“Currently we have a forecast of 10 to 15 degrees up there and wind chills Saturday morning right around 5 degrees. It looks like winds may die down, but it’s going to be cold,” he said. “Single digits are not out of the realm of possibility up there.”