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Calming down for now, but keep a close eye on next week

December 24, 2020 Morning Forecast
Published: Dec. 24, 2020 at 9:29 AM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Today is much calmer than yesterday, but certain not an ideal day. Clouds are holding tough this morning across Central and Western Nebraska. There is more sun in the east. As the day goes on, the clouds will somewhat clear up, but hold tough the farther west you go. Meanwhile, winds have died down significantly since yesterday. That said, it’s still going to be a bit on the windy side in western parts of the Local4 viewing area with northwest winds of 15 to 25 mph and gusts over 35 mph. It’ll be breezy in Central and Eastern Nebraska with 10 to 20 mph out of the north northwest. Temperatures will be wide ranging from around 20° northeast to the low/mid 40s in the west.

Winds will lighten up this evening as a few clouds linger. Temperatures will drop off into the 10s and 20s this evening with the warmest temperatures west. There could be some single digits in the northeast. Later in the night, the skies will clear up. But with winds become west northwesterly at 5 to 15 mph. Those winds will help hold temperatures fairly steady after midnight. Some may even climb a few degrees after midnight.

Warmer temperatures will return on a sunny Christmas Day. Highs will range from the low to mid 40s north and east to the mid to upper 50s south and west. Winds will remain out of the west northwest at 5 to 15 mph. Saturday’s temperatures may be just a couple of degrees cooler than Christmas Friday. Highs will range from the upper 30s northeast to the mid/upper 50s west. There could be a few more clouds around with partly to mostly sunny skies. It’ll cool off for Sunday and winds will be stronger out of the northwest at 15 to 30 mph. Highs will range from the mid/upper 20s northeast to the mid/upper 40s southwest. Skies will be partly to mostly cloudy with perhaps some very light snow up north. Monday should be a little calmer ahead of a potential winter storm. It will be chilly with highs from the lower 20s northeast to the mid 30s southwest.

A classic winter storm system is set to move through the Central Plains Monday night through Wednesday. Snow chances will be on the increase Monday night. Precipitation chances will be pretty good on Tuesday. On the warmer side of things, the far southeast may see rain (thunder?) and possible some ice. The majority should see snow. Snow chances will continue Tuesday night on the back side of this storm system. Snow could even linger around for much of Wednesday. There is potential that strong winds may cause some issue too. There is still a lot to figure out with this storm system as the time approaches. That would include how much snow and who may see the best chance for snow. While there is potentially that we could get quite a bit of snow, I want to stress that we are still several days out from this thing and that it is just too early to get into too many details. Keep watching the forecast over the weekend and early next week as the time gets closer. It will also be staying on the cold side for next week with temperatures mostly below average.

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