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Snow, warmer weather possible




The recent frigid temperatures in the Hays area should warm up by mid-week.

Matt Gerard, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Dodge City, said Saturday the single-digit temperatures and sub-zero wind chills should leave the area this week.

At noon Saturday, it was 10 degrees in Hays with a wind chill of minus 5 degrees. Hays had been part of a wind chill advisory, which expired late Saturday morning.

"By possibly maybe as early as around Tuesday or so, we're going to be getting close to freezing, temperatures back in the upper 20s to around 30," Gerard said. "By Wednesday, and especially Thursday and Friday, we should be well up into the 30s again."

There was a 70-percent chance of snow Saturday night for Hays, with accumulation of less than 1 inch possible.

"We're not expecting a whole lot at all," Gerard said.

The main concern is the extremely cold weather. The National Weather Service forecast for today in Hays calls for a high near 18, with wind chill values as low as minus 7.

"If you spend any time outside, make sure you are bundled up; cover all the exposed skin," Gerard said. "Even when the wind chills aren't that low, you spend an extended amount of time outside, you get any bare skin, you're still a threat for frostbite."