Another round of snow on the way

December 14, 2020 Morning Forecast
Published: Dec. 14, 2020 at 8:54 AM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Sunshine early this morning will be replaced by mainly cloudy skies as the day goes on. Winds out of the east southeast will also be on the increase. By this afternoon, they’ll be in the 10 to 20 mph range with gusts to 25 mph. Temperatures will remain chilly with highs from the mid 20s to mid 30s. The warmest temperatures will be to the south and west. The colder temperatures will be over snow covered areas of Central and Eastern Nebraska.

This evening, some flurries or light snow will be possible, mainly after 9pm. After midnight, snow chances will really start to ramp up, but mainly west of Highway 81 (Norfolk to York to Hebron). Snow chances will continue right into tomorrow morning for some of the same areas, but slowly start to progress eastward. Into the afternoon, snow will start to lighten and areas of snow will start to fall apart as the storm system becomes better organized well to our south. So as the snow moves into Eastern Nebraska, there will be fewer impacts from the snow. The last of the snow and flurries will quickly clear out Tuesday evening. Snowfall totals at this time look to be highest for areas from Valley and Custer County, then south southwestward toward McCook to Alma. Those areas would be the most likely to pick up 2 to 4 inches of snow with isolated totals to 5 inches. Those numbers will quickly drop off as you go to the east or to the northwest. Specifically in the Tri-Cities, Kearney has a chance for around 2 to 4 inches. Grand Island and Hastings may be closer to 1 to 3 inches. The good news is that winds should be mostly under 10 mph during much of this event, so blowing snow doesn’t look to be much of an issue. As for temperatures, tonight’s lows drop into the mid to upper 10s and lower 20s. Highs tomorrow will struggle again into the mid to upper 20s and lower 30s.

With skies partially clearing up Tuesday night as the snow moves on, it will be a colder night. By Wednesday morning, temperatures will drop to the mid 0s to mid 10s. Look for partly to mostly sunny skies on Wednesday. It will be a warmer day, but certainly much warmer tot he northwest. Highs will range from the low to mid 30s over snow covered areas to as warm as the low and mid 40s in the north and west.

Expect quiet weather for Thursday with mostly sunny skies. temperatures will be in the mid to upper 30s over snow covered areas with low to mid 40s else where. There may be some upper 40s to the west. Friday may be just a touch breezier with a few more clouds. By later in the afternoon and into the evening, there will be a slight chance of light snow or flurries. Temperatures on Friday will warm a little more. The coldest areas will remain over snow cover in the mid to upper 30s. Elsewhere, highs will mostly be in the 40s.

More sunshine is expected this weekend as temperatures start to warm up even more. Saturday’s temperatures will still be similar to Friday. Sunday is where we see temperatures start to warm up more with highs in the mid 40s to mid 50s. The likely coolest temperatures will be over areas that still have any snow on the ground by then. This stretch of milder weather looks like it will stick around through at least the middle of next week. Some long range models keep the milder, above average temperatures around through at least Christmas.

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