The Hays area saw record low temperatures overnight Friday, waking Saturday to a thin covering of fresh snow — though it didn’t last long.
The overnight low temperature reported in Hays city limits was 14 degrees, tying a record set in 1994. Just south of Hays, a colder temperature of 12 degrees was reported — which effectively sets a new record for the area, said Greg Tatrow, a meteorologist with Dodge City National Weather Service.
Record lows also were set in Garden City and Dodge City, and frigid wind chills throughout the region made temperatures feel even colder.
The highest snowfall reports in Ellis County came from Ellis, with 1.5 inches reported early Saturday morning, Tatrow said.
Hays reportedly received slightly less than an inch of snow within city limits, though 1 inch was recorded just southwest of town, according to information from the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network.
Certain areas in Trego County reported between 1 and 2 inches of snow, and lesser amounts were reported going south into Rush County, he said.
But the cold isn’t expected to linger much longer as a warm front was expected to sweep through the area Saturday night. Highs Sunday are expected to reach the 50s, and temperatures could exceed 80 degrees by mid-week.
“That’s Kansas for you,” Tatrow said.