Dangerously strong winds will take us through the end of the work week

January 15, 2021 Forecast
Published: Jan. 14, 2021 at 8:52 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 14, 2021 at 10:46 PM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Winds will remain strong overnight Thursday night, but closer to 20 to 35 mph with gusts occasionally over 50 mph. Winds on Friday will get a bit stronger again at 25 to 40 mph with occasional gusts to around 60 mph. Meanwhile, snow will begin to build back into Eastern Nebraska. Snow chances will be possible Thursday night into Friday morning. It will then start to diminish and push eastward Friday afternoon. I don’t expect much more than flurries in Central Nebraska. In Eastern Nebraska, especially east of Highway 81, there could be some snow accumulation up to a couple of inches. While the snow isn’t expected to be terribly heavy, with the strong winds, blowing snow could be a major concern. Expect difficult travel conditions in the far eastern parts of the Local4 viewing area where blizzard or near-blizzard conditions will be possible. High temperatures on Friday will be chillier from the upper 20s northeast to around 40° southwest.

After Friday, the weather will become a little more peaceful. Winds will still be a bit breezy Saturday and Sunday, but more in the 10 to 20 mph range. Most days will feature partly cloudy skies, but there may be some more clouds at times. With a couple of weak clipper systems, some very light precipitation will be possible this weekend and early next week, but it’s too soon to tell if there will be much. Highs on Saturday will range from the mid 30s east to the mid 40s west. Sunday will range from the upper 30s northeast to the mid 40s southwest. Monday will be slightly warmer with widespread 40s expected. It’ll cool back a bit on Tuesday with highs from the mid 30s north to the mid 40s south. Wednesday will be a bit warmer with more sunshine. Highs will climb into the mid to upper 40s for many. Each of these days are just a bit above average for mid-January.

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