Another stretch of above average temperatures may have an end in sight

January 18, 2021 Morning Forecast
Published: Jan. 18, 2021 at 9:15 AM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Today will be a day of a mix of clouds and sun with more sun to the southwest and more sun to the northeast. Along with that, some very light snow is possible over Northern and Eastern Nebraska. Snowfall totals will be anywhere from trace amounts to maybe an inch at most. The rest of the area won’t see much until another weak disturbance brings a small area of patchy light snow showers in from the north late in the afternoon and into this evening. Meanwhile, winds are going to be on the increase today out of the northwest behind a cold front pushing from Central into Eastern Nebraska. Behind the cold front, winds are increasing out of the northwest at 15 to 25 mph. Some gusts could be over 30 mph. Meanwhile, high temperatures will range from the mid to upper 30s in the north and east to the mid to upper 40s in the southwest.

The quick chance of light snow showers early this evening should clear out pretty quickly by the mid to late evening hours. Skies will become mainly clear for the rest of the night. With lighter winds, temperatures will drop into the low to mid 20s. We’ll see more sunshine tomorrow, although perhaps with a few extra clouds in Northern Nebraska. Winds will pick back up again out of the northwest at around 12 to 22 mph. Temperatures will be comparable to today from the upper 30s north to the mid/upper 40s south. With mostly clear skies and lighter winds Tuesday night, we’ll see lows back down into the 20s.

A mid-week warm up is in store for the area. Wednesday will be a fairly sunny day with some breezy winds of 10 to 20 mph. Highs on Wednesday will range from around 50° northeast to the upper 50s southwest. Thursday will be a mostly sunny day with less wind than previous days. It will be a bit cooler than Wednesday, but still well above average. Highs will range from the low/mid 40s north to the low/mid 50s south.

There will be an increase in clouds Friday as chillier air starts to move in. Highs will range from the lower 30s north and east to around 40° south. There may be some light moisture, but as of right now it seems to favor Western Nebraska. We’ll have to watch the weekend as plans could be impacted by at least some wintry precipitation. How much and precipitation types are still a bit uncertain this far out, but there could be impacts. Meanwhile, temperatures will remain near or a little bit below average. Sunday has a chance to be a bit warmer, but there’s too much uncertainty right now to know for sure whether that will happen.

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