The city of Lawrence once again escaped the brunt of severe weather on Sunday night.
Thunderstorms on Sunday night dropped golfball-sized hail on Big Springs and the Lecompton rest area of the Kansas Turnpike in northwest Douglas County.
But no damage was reported, officials said.
``We got really lucky,'' a dispatcher with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department said.
Nickel-sized hail was reported in Grantville in southwest Jefferson County, but no damage was reported there.
In Lecompton, pea-sized hail fell sporadically for several minutes, Mayor Roy Paslay said.
``It was just in spurts,'' he said. ``We didn't get much.''
Official rainfall amounts weren't immediately available, but radar estimates indicated that 1.5 to 2.5 inches fell in north-central Jefferson County, northeast Shawnee County and northwest Douglas County, said Craig Denny, a meteorologist with WeatherData Inc., a private weather forecasting company.
The Lawrence area had .10 to .50 inches, he said.
Denny said the storms were associated with a front that came through the state earlier in the day Sunday, then moved back north as a warm front.
Northern Douglas and southern Jefferson counties were placed under a severe thunderstorm warning about 7:30 p.m. The warning was allowed to expire at 8:15 p.m. after the storm lost its intensity, said Bob Newton of the Douglas County Emergency Management office.
The area remained under a flash flood watch and tornado watch until 1 a.m. today.
The forecast for today and Tuesday called for very warm and humid conditions with 20 percent chance of thunderstorms. Highs were expected to be in the lower-90s today and near 90 Tuesday.
There was a continued chance of storms Wednesday, with dry conditions forecast for Thursday and Friday. Highs were expected to be 90 to 95.
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