Kansas sees snow, tornadoes on same day (VIDEO)

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Sunday was a day for quirky Kansas weather.

A tornado touched down in Harper County.

Snow predicted in northwest Kansas.

And in between? Plenty of rain and mist.

It was quite the variety for a mid-December’s day.

“It definitely is very unusual,” said Chris Jakub, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Wichita.

The unusual weather was generated by recent warm and moist conditions meeting up with a strong upper-level system, Jakub said. “It interacted with mass-produced showers and a few tornado touchdowns.”

Tornado warnings were issued in Harper, Kingman and Reno counties shortly after 5:30 p.m. Sunday and expired not long after that.

No damage was reported.

The system was expected to push through Kansas through the night into Monday morning with scattered showers. Snow was beginning to fall by 7:30 p.m. Sunday in Cheyenne County, the far northwestern county of Kansas, Jakub said.

Temperatures much of this week will be in the mid-40s in Wichita, with things growing cooler by midweek.

A rain-snow mix is expected Wednesday night into Thursday. But conditions call for drier weather for the weekend, when many Christmas travelers take to the roads and skies.

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