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Still cold, but slowly improving temperatures each day

February 18, 2021 Morning Forecast
Published: Feb. 18, 2021 at 8:34 AM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Much of the western half of the area is starting the morning with clouds and some flurries while the eastern half of the area is seeing partly to mostly sunny skies. As the day goes on, there should be more and more clearing. That said, some out west may stay a little cloudier than most other areas. Temperatures will warm up a little more, but remain well below average. Highs will range from the upper 10s/20° in the east to the upper 20s in the west. With mostly clear to partly cloudy skies tonight, low temperatures will fall back to the single digits. A few spots may fall just a little below zero. There may be some patchy areas of fog. Clouds will be on the increase as the day goes on Friday. Despite the extra clouds in the afternoon, it will be a little warmer than Thursday. Highs will range from the low/mid 20s east to the low/mid 30s west. With skies clearing up Friday night, low temperatures will drop into the upper 0s and low to mid 10s.

More will see temperatures sneak above freezing this weekend. Temperatures on Saturday will get to the low to mid 30s. There may be some upper 30s out west. Skies will be partly cloudy. Overnight, a weak, quick moving system will pass through, bringing a slight chance of light snow. The chance will continue into Sunday morning, but by the afternoon will have moved on, leaving some sun for the area in the afternoon. While not expecting a heavy snow with most getting under an inch, there could be some isolated spots that get a little more than that. Highs on Sunday will be a degree or two warmer from the low/mid 30s east to near 40° southwest. Winds will be a bit breezy out of the northwest at 10 to 20 mph.

While some snow will have already melted before next week, some much better weather for snow melting arrives early in the week. There will be quite a bit of sunshine on Monday and Tuesday. West winds will be fairly breezy on Monday at around 15 to 20 mph. Highs will push into the upper 30s and low to mid 40s. Anybody with little to no snow on the ground might push upper 40s to near 50° in the southwest. Tuesday may be the warmest day of the week. Over the deepest snow cover, expect highs in the low to mid 40s. But other areas may push into the upper 40s and low to mid 50s where there isn’t as much snow on the ground. These warmer temperatures will favor Northern Kansas and Southwest Nebraska. It’ll cool back a little behind a cold front for Wednesday. Highs will mostly be back down in the mid to upper 30s with a few more clouds around.

Looking at the fact the temperatures will begin to melt the snow, this will add moisture to the low levels of the atmosphere. Fog is difficult to represent on models this far out, but it would not be a surprise if we saw another few days or even a week of foggy mornings and days next week.

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