One more “December Perfect” day ahead of a return to winter

December 9, 2020 Morning Forecast
Published: Dec. 9, 2020 at 8:54 AM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - We get to sneak in one more wonderful day today as high temperatures return to the 60s. This likely won’t quite be record breaking for the Tri-Cities unless it somehow makes it above 70. Winds will be relatively light today, under 10 mph. Expect plenty of sunshine across the area.

A lot of geomagnetic activity is expected over the next couple of days, which means there is a possibility to see the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights), even this far south. This isn’t a guarantee because we are so far south, but it is worth a look. Skies will be clear tonight, so conditions will be fine for viewing. You’ll want to get away from urban light pollution. The fewer the lights, the better your viewing chances are. Otherwise, low temperatures tonight will drop back to the mid 20s to mid 30s.

A cold front will be passing through very early tomorrow morning. Behind that front, winds will take a northerly turn and become quite blustery. We could see winds on Thursday as strong as 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph. Those winds will be drawing in colder air, and of course it will feel colder because of the wind. We’ll see highs from around 40 northwest to the mid 50s southeast. As for skies cover, a day that will start with a good amount of sunshine will feature an increase in the clouds as the day progresses. Skies will become cloudy Thursday night ahead of the storm system moving in from the southwest. Low temperatures will drop into the 20s and lower 30s. Winds will remain breezy out of the north northeast at 10 to 20 mph.

Forecast models are starting to come into more agreement with our snow chances beginning early on Friday morning. These snow chances will likely continue into Friday night, quite possibly lasting into Saturday. The most favored areas for snow will be across Southern Nebraska and Northern Kansas. Chances will get lower as you go to the north. While forecast models still aren’t completely in agreement with how much snow will be possible, at least a minor snow event is expected. An early forecast would put much of the southern half of the area in the 2 to 5 inches range for snowfall amounts with 0 to 2 inches in the north. Keep in mind that this forecast may still need to be adjusted. Some wind will blow during this snow event, so some reduced visibility and minor drifting will be possible. On Friday, there may be a bit more of a mix of rain, freezing rain, and snow in the far southeast. Temperatures on Friday will mostly top out in the low to mid 30s. Saturday may be just a bit chillier in the upper 20s and low to mid 30s. There could be a little afternoon sun depending on how quickly the system clears out.

Chilly temperatures will be sticking around into early next week, especially now that it looks like there will be snow on the ground. With mostly sunny skies on Sunday, highs will mostly still be in the low to mid 30s. On Monday, it should warm up as some lower to mid 40s are expected for those that won’t have much snow on the ground. Areas with snow pack may be stuck in the upper 30s. There will be a small chance for light snow Monday night into early Tuesday. Highs on Tuesday will be mostly in the mid to upper 30s with at least some clouds around.

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