Following an unseasonably dry winter and weeks of high fire risk, the Hays area could see welcome rain showers beginning Sunday evening and extending into Monday morning.

Two storm systems are predicted to move through the region overnight Sunday, with the possibility of up to a half-inch of precipitation near Hays, said Ray Burgert, a meteorologist with Dodge City National Weather Service.

“The models have been very consistent,” he said Saturday afternoon. “And it looks like they still are looking like showers and thunderstorms will be likely Sunday night, especially into the Hays area — Hays and east.”

There also is a marginal risk the storms could become severe, with a slight chance of quarter-sized hail and wind gusts of approximately 50 mph Sunday evening, he said.

If all goes according to predictions, the rain could blanket much of the western part of the state, with possibly a quarter-inch falling in Dodge City — which has gone 160 days without measurable precipitation.

“Up around Hays and north of I-70, you have been a little more lucky. You’ve had some bouts of measurable precipitation off and on — it just never made it this far south,” he said.