Wonderful weather comes crashing to a halt tonight

January 13, 2021 Forecast
Published: Jan. 13, 2021 at 8:53 AM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Big changes are coming tonight as a cold front comes plowing through from the northwest. That front will enter the northwest part of the state this evening, pass through the Tri-Cities around or just before midnight, and exit the southeast part of the Local4 viewing area by 3am. This cold front will bring a brief round of rain to the area. The chance for moisture will be best in Northern Nebraska and much lower to the southwest. While a few flakes of snow are possible, I wouldn’t expect it to be much of an issue. Most places will just be too warm to see snow. While temperatures will cool back behind the front, low temperatures tomorrow morning will still mostly be in the low to mid 30s. The biggest story behind the cold front will be the strong northwest winds that will hit the area. During the late night, some gusts could approach 45 mph.

Jumping into Thursday, the day will start off mostly sunny, then see some increasing clouds in the afternoon. Winds out of the northwest are going to be very strong. Sustained winds of 25 to 45 mph with gusts to 60 will be possible. Some may even sneak up closer to 65 mph wind gusts. There is concern for fires growing and getting out of control to the southwest of the Tri-Cities where lower relative humidity levels are expected. High temperatures will range from the upper 30s north to the upper 40s south. While much chillier than Wednesday, these are still above average for January.

Winds will remain strong overnight Thursday night, but closer to 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 45 mph. Meanwhile, snow will begin to wrap back into the area from the north. Snow chances will be possible Thursday night into Friday morning. The chance for snow will be best north and east of the Tri-Cities. It’s likely the Tri-Cities will only see flurries or very light snow. While the snow isn’t expected to be terribly heavy, with the strong winds, blowing snow could be a major concern. Those with Thursday night or Friday travel plans in North Central and Eastern Nebraska may want to consider postponing. Winds on Friday will again be strong at 25 to 40 mph with gusts to 55 mph. It will also be a chillier day with highs from the upper 20s northeast to near 40° southwest.

After Friday, the weather will become a little more peaceful. Winds will still be a bit breezy Saturday through Monday, but more in the 10 to 20 mph range. Most days will feature partly cloudy skies, but Monday may have more clouds than that. Highs on Saturday will range from the mid 30s east to the mid 40s southwest. Sunday will range from the upper 30s northeast to the mid 40s southwest. Monday will be slightly warmer with upper 30s northeast to around 50° south. Tuesday will be similar to Sunday with upper 30s northeast to mid 40s south. Each of these days are just a bit above average for mid-January.

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