Getting set for a warm Easter weekend

April 2, 2021 Morning Forecast
Published: Apr. 2, 2021 at 8:05 AM CDT|Updated: Apr. 2, 2021 at 8:41 AM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Winds are going to be rather strong today out of the south and southwest, although they will be a little lighter in western and northwestern parts of the Local4 viewing where a surface trough passes through. But east of that boundary, wind speeds will be as high as 20 to 30 mph with some gusts to 40 mph in Eastern Nebraska. Temperatures will be rather warm today, with highs ranging from the lower 70s east to the upper 70s west. Skies will be sunny, but there could be some smoky haze due to controlled fires in parts of Eastern Kansas and Oklahoma.

Winds will remain breezy tonight ahead of the surface trough as it slowly makes its way southeast across the area. Once the trough passes by, winds will become lighter. Skies will remain clear with lows ranging from the mid 30s west to the mid 40s east. Saturday will be the ideal day with lighter winds under 10 mph and a good amount of sunshine. There may be a few clouds later in the day. Highs will make it to the mid to upper 70s and lower 80s.

Easter Sunday will warm into the low to mid 80s. Breezy winds will return under mostly sunny skies. There will be a slight chance for showers and isolated thunderstorms Sunday afternoon and evening. We’ll continue to see low to mid 80s Monday under partly cloudy skies.

Beyond Monday, an upper level low pressure system will push east across the Plains. This will be a slow-mover, possibly influencing our weather for much of next week. Starting Monday night and continuing until at least Thursday (possibly beyond), there will be a chance for rain and isolated thunderstorms. Timing for these chances is a bit uncertain at this point in time. We will see temperatures cool down, but again, that will depend on the timing of this system. Anticipate at least some wind with this system.

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