October snow hits NW Kansas
By The Hays Daily News
It might be normal for snow to fall in Goodland in the northwest corner of Kansas in October.
But other parts of northwest and central Kansas also got an early taste of the white stuff Friday.
In addition to nearly 5 inches of snow reported north of Ruleton, west of Goodland, snow also fell in Hays; there were reports of snowfall as far east as Salina.
The National Weather Service in Goodland reported as much as 6 inches of snow in northern Sherman County.
But the snow and cold temperatures that accompanied it were short lived, with more seasonable temperatures, mostly in the 60s, forecast for the Hays area for the coming week.
In Goodland, it's normal to have 2.2 inches of snow in October, with as much as 19.5 inches reported in 1997. However, only a half-inch of snow fell there last year.
The drastic change of weather Friday had little effect on outdoor events scheduled in Hays during the weekend.
Saturday's "Get-Fit Kansas" activities were pushed back until this Saturday.
But Hays Recreation Commission youth soccer games -- although brisk in the wide-open spaces at the Bickle/Schmidt Sports Complex on the west edge of Hays -- went on as scheduled Saturday. And fans attending today's HRC flag football games will get to enjoy some seasonably warm weather with highs forecast in the mid-60s.