Multiple chances for winter weather over the coming week
January 21, 2021 Morning Forecast
HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - As we get into the day Friday, snow will continue to spread into North Central Nebraska. While snow won’t be heavy, some accumulation is possible. Much of the snow accumulation will be north of Highway 2 (Sandhills to Grand Island/Aurora) and west of Hwy 14 (Aurora to Neligh). An inch of two of snow will be possible for some of these areas with the best chance of 1 to 2 inches in the Sandhills. There may be a narrow band of 2 to 3 inches within those higher areas in the northwest. By later in the day Friday, much of the snow should diminish. Farther to the south and southwest, some will get to enjoy some sunshine, especially in the afternoon. It will be a chillier day with highs ranging from around 30° northeast to the lower 40s southwest.
Heading into Saturday, there will be more clouds with a chance for snow developing as the day goes on. Currently, the best chance of snow will be in Northern Nebraska and into East Central and Northeast Nebraska. That doesn’t mean some light snow can’t develop elsewhere, but the better chance will be in the previously mentioned areas. Meanwhile, the other concern is for freezing drizzle to develop in areas that don’t see snow. Some may warm up to just get drizzle. Winds will be a bit breezy out of a south and southeasterly direction at 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 25 mph. Highs on Saturday will range from the upper 20s northeast to the lower 40s southwest where there could be some afternoon sunshine.
Higher amounts of uncertainty arrive on Sunday as while there is still a chance of snow, most models don’t have much for our area. In fact, some freezing drizzle will again be possible for those that don’t see much snow. There is a longer range model that has been insisting on some heavier snow developing later in the day. For now, this forecast will be geared toward a slight chance of light snow mixed with freezing drizzle. Highs on Sunday look similar to Saturday from the upper 20s northeast to the upper 30s southwest.
Next week will consist of several more weak disturbances bringing occasional chances for light and at times moderate snow Monday through Wednesday. While not expected to be heavy rounds of snow, some accumulation through that time will be possible. Thankfully, it does not look like it’ll be terribly windy, so blowing snow does not look to be a major issue. As for temperatures, it’s going to get a bit colder. We’ll see more highs in the 20s for early and middle portions of next week. Overnight lows will also start to get a little colder with more 10s and maybe a few single digits.
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