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In the midst of brutal cold, we look forward to the end of the week.

February 16, 2021 Forecast
Published: Feb. 15, 2021 at 9:18 AM CST|Updated: Feb. 15, 2021 at 10:47 PM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Record low temperatures have been shattered all over the Local4 viewing area this morning. One of the coldest temperatures was in Broken Bow where it got down to -35°. Some had wind chill values colder than -50°. In the Tri-Cities, Hastings was the coldest, getting to -26°, which shattered the old record of -12° set back in 1909. Kearney got down to -25°, breaking the old record of -17° set back in 1909. Grand Island got down to -22°, breaking the old record of -18° set back in 1936. It will be a very cold day as highs for Central and Eastern Nebraska will only get to the single digits below zero. There may be a few lower single digits in the far western parts of the Local4 viewing area. Record cold maximum temperatures are quite possible in the Tri-Cities. The current records are -5° in Grand Island and Hastings and -4° in Kearney all set back in 1936. My current forecast is -6° in Grand Island and Hastings and -5° in Kearney which would all be new records. It’ll be a mostly sunny day with a few extra clouds over Southeast Nebraska and North Central Kansas.

Another brutally cold night is expected tonight with a few clouds moving in as the night goes on. Low temperatures will range from around -10° out west to near -30° for parts of Central and Eastern Nebraska. Winds will be turning out of the south southeast overnight and will begin to pick up to around 10 mph. This means wind chill values will commonly drop to between -30° and -50°. Current record lows in the Tri-Cities for February 16th include (Grand Island) -17° set in 1900, (Hastings) -13° set in 1979, and (Kearney) -18° set in 1909. My current forecast is -26° in Grand Island and Hastings and -24° in Kearney which would again shatter records.

There will be more clouds tomorrow, but temperatures will start to warm up a little compared to today. Highs will range from around -1° in parts of Eastern Nebraska to the lower 10s in the western parts of the Local4 viewing area. Most will see highs in the low to mid single digits. There will be another chance for record cold maximum temperatures for Hastings in Kearney. The record in Grand Island is -5° set in 1979, which should be safe. The record in Hastings is 0° set in 1979. My current forecast is 1°. The record in Kearney is 4° set in 1936. My current forecast is 3°. Wind speeds will be increasing out of the south southeast, get up to 10 to 15 mph. This will keep wind chill values well below zero through the day. Look for skies to become mostly cloudy as the day goes on.

Tuesday night will be another cold night, but nowhere near as cold as the two previous night. Lows will mostly be in the single digits below zero. There will be quite a few clouds around and there will be a chance for flurries.

Temperatures will improve for the rest of the week. On Wednesday under partly cloudy skies., highs will mostly warm from the lower 10s over parts of Central and Eastern Nebraska to the lower 20s out west. It’ll be a little sunnier and warmer on Thursday with highs from the mid/upper 10s east to the mid/upper 20s west. There may be a few more clouds on Friday as it warms just a little more. Highs will range from the lower 20s east to the lower 30s west. The weekend will hold a slight chance of snow, although it’s way too early for details. Meanwhile, it will not be getting colder. Highs will mostly be in the low to mid 30s with a few upper 30s in the southwest. It will be tough to get much warmer than this until more of the snow cover can melt.

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