Temperatures chilly today, but some get to enjoy warmer weather a little early

December 16, 2020 Morning Forecast
Published: Dec. 16, 2020 at 9:20 AM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - There are areas of fog across Central Nebraska near the Highway 281 corridor this morning with plenty of low stratus clouds and patchy lighter fog to the east of that. Farther west, there are more mid and upper level clouds that will pass through today. So even while the low clouds clear out this morning, there will still be a few clouds that pass through during the day. Winds will also be a factor in how temperatures go today. Eastern Nebraska will have more of a south southwest winds under 10 mph, which isn’t as favorable for a big warm up. Farther west, winds will be out of the west northwest at 10 to 15 mph, which can help warm things up quicker. A third factor on how warm things get today will be snow cover. Those that still have a lot of white ground will struggle to warm compared to areas that have little to no snow on the ground. Because of all of these factors, the warmest temperatures will be in our northwestern areas where highs could reach the low to mid 40s. The second warmest areas will be in the south and west where mid to upper 30s are possible. The chilliest temperatures will be from around the Tri-Cities and eastward where highs will only reach the mid to upper 20s and lower 30s.

Skies are expected to be mostly clear tonight. One of the biggest wildcards of the night is whether fog redevelops. Often when snow melts on warmer winter days, the added moisture in the low levels of the atmosphere can lead to redeveloping fog at night. This can have an influence on temperatures the next day if it sticks around. If things go as hoped and fog doesn’t develop, skies should be mostly sunny much of tomorrow. Look for lows tonight in the mid to upper 10s and lower 20s. Highs tomorrow will be in the mid and upper 30s over areas with the deepest snow cover. Those with little to no snow on the ground (Northern Kansas and northwestern parts of the Local4 viewing area) will rise to the low to mid 40s.

A cold front will be passing through the area on Friday. Once the front passes through, winds will turn more northwesterly and become a little breezy at 10 to 20 mph. Along with partly to mostly cloudy skies will come a slight chance of very light rain or snow Friday afternoon and evening. Highs on Friday will mostly be in the upper 30s and lower 40s with the chillier temperatures over snow covered areas.

Sunshine returns for the weekend and early next week. Temperatures on Saturday will be similar to Friday from the low/mid 30s east to the mid/upper 40s west. Most areas will see a warm up on Sunday with highs from the low/mid 40s east to the mid 50s west. Monday will be one of the warmest days of the week ahead with upper 40s to upper 50s across the area. Tuesday will still be into the upper 40s and low to mid 50s ahead of the next cold front which will temporarily cool us back just before Christmas.

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