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Today may be our last chance for snow before Christmas

December 15, 2020 Morning Forecast
Published: Dec. 15, 2020 at 9:23 AM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - A gentle light to moderate snow continues to fall for parts of the area this morning, mainly west of Highway 281, but is beginning to spread eastward. As the snow slowly shifts eastward, it will gradually lighten up and break apart. By the end of the afternoon, only the most stubborn of flurries or light snow should remain into the evening. Blowing snow should not be a concern as easterly winds of 5 to 10 mph will turn northeast and become light. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches are expected, mainly for areas west of Highway 281. Farther to the east, totals will likely be under an inch. Temperatures will struggle today with highs in the mid to upper 20s.

With flurries possible this evening, skies may start to clear up later tonight. It will be quite cold with lows in the upper 0s and low to mid 10s. Those temperatures will depend on how much clearing we see. If clouds hold tough, that could keep temperatures up just a bit.

We’ll see some partial clearing of the skies for Wednesday. It’ll be warmer, but just how much warmer will depend on where you are. Temperatures may be stuck in the upper 20s for highs over the deepest snow cover. Many will see highs in the low to mid 30s. Farther northwest where there is little to no snow cover, temperatures may warm into the low to mid 40s. Low temperatures with mainly clear skies Wednesday night will drop into the mid to upper 10s and lower 20s.

Thursday will be a mostly sunny day with high temperatures in the mid to upper 30s over the deepest snow cover to the low and mid 40s elsewhere. There could be a few more clouds on Friday ahead of a weak passing cold front that passes through in the afternoon. Temperatures will top out in the upper 30s and low to mid 40s. Winds may be a bit on the breezy side. Any precipitation chance Friday afternoon or evening should be very light and mainly pass through Northern Nebraska.

Expect plenty of sunshine on Saturday highs again in the upper 30s and low to mid 40s. Sunday will be fairly sunny again and a little warmer and pretty much everybody will be above average. Highs will be in the mid 40s to mid 50s with the coolest areas where there may still be some snow cover. Monday should be just a little warmer yet with high temperatures in the upper 40s and low to mid 50s.

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