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A messy situation today as snow, sleet, and freezing rain fall on the area

December 29, 2020 Morning Forecast
Published: Dec. 29, 2020 at 8:53 AM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Many areas have already seen a large part of their snow accumulation overnight, but some does continue to fall this morning. Additional snow (as of 9:00am) accumulations of 1 to 3 inches will be possible the higher amounts in East Central and Northeast Nebraska. There has been a transitions from the heavier snow to more sleet and freezing rain/drizzle. While some snow and sleet accumulation still can continue today, a bigger concern will be the glaze of ice that will cause additional slick conditions on roads and streets. Freezing rain concerns become larger the farther southeast you go. Much of the Local4 viewing area will end up with about 0.10″ or less of ice accumulation. But there will be some areas that pick up more, particularly in Southeast Nebraska and Northeast Kansas. Some may pick up to as much as a third of an inch of ice. This could be significant enough to cause damage to trees and power lines. Isolated power outages will be possible. The far southeast may warm up enough later today to even get just some rain, but most will not see that. The main precipitation will clear out by 6:00pm today with a little left in the southeast for the early evening. The rest of the area may dry out, but some light freezing drizzle may stick around through mid evening. As for total snow accumulation, many will end up with between 2 and 7 inches. In general, most of the higher totals will be north and east of the Tri-Cities. South and west of the Tri-Cities, totals will end out being between 1 and 3 inches in most locations.

As for the winds of the day, blustery southeast winds will become lighter as the day goes on, so the threat of visibility restrictions will get lower with time. Temperature won’t warm up much today, only to between the upper 20s northeast to the low to mid 30s south and west. As previously mentions, a few spots in the south may warm to a little above freezing so that moisture remains liquid on the ground.

Skies will clear up tonight as winds turn a bit blustery out of the northwest at 10 to 20 mph. Those will will be a little lighter by sunrise Wednesday. Low temperatures for most will be in the 10s. Wednesday will be a sunny day, but it will be chilly with highs in the mid 20s northeast to mid 30s southwest. Wednesday night’s lows will drop to between 5° and 15° in most spots. With mostly sunny skies on New Year’s Eve (Thursday) highs will range from the upper 20s east to around 40° west.

A strong storm system will pass just to our east, but may graze southeastern parts of the Local4 viewing area with some snow on New Year’s Day (Friday). Farther west, there will just be a few more clouds than the previous two days. It may also be a bit breezy. Highs on Friday will again be chilly from the low/mid 20s east to the upper 30s west. Sunshine returns this weekend with warmer temperatures budging eastward. Highs on Saturday will range from the upper 20s east to the low to mid 40s out west. Sunday will be a bit warmer yet from the mid 30s east to the mid to upper 40s west. There will be a few more clouds around on Monday as highs range from the upper 30s east to the mid to upper 40s west. Each one of these days, snow cover will keep some places cooler compared to those with little or no snow on the ground.

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