Small hail reported; snowflakes still possible early Thursday

Mother Nature apparently plans to give us two seasons' worth of weather between now and midday Thursday.

Strong storms -- our first chance of severe weather this year -- are possible from late afternoon Wednesday through early morning Thursday, but WIBW-TV meteorologist Drew Switzer says the risk of marginally severe hail is fairly isolated. The main window for hail up to the size of quarters is between 9 pm and 4 am.

Small hail has already been reported in Lyon County, with pea-sized hail reported by KVOE Storm Team spotters in west Emporia and near Allen between 3 and 4 pm.

After the severe weather risk wanes, rain could mix with snow through about noon. Less than an inch of snow is expected.

High temperatures will be in the mid-50s Wednesday but will fall from late afternoon through Wednesday night and virtually all day Thursday, not stopping until we reach the upper 20s Thursday night. On top of that, it will be windy Thursday as winds gust as high as 40 mph. Wind advisories have already been posted Thursday for Lyon and surrounding counties.

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