The winds of change arrive today

October 14, 2020 Morning Forecast
Published: Oct. 14, 2020 at 10:17 AM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - A strong cold front will finish passing through the area this morning and will be out of here by noon. Behind the front, winds are becoming northwesterly and are increasing. By this afternoon, 20 to 30 mph sustained winds are likely with gusts of 35 to 45 mph possible. Temperatures may still rise a little after the front comes through, but eventually, temperatures will start to drop later this afternoon. Actual highs will range from the low/mid 60s northwest to the upper 70s southeast. But again, keep in mind that these temperatures will likely be cooler by the end of the afternoon. Along with a blend of clouds and sun, a few patchy sprinkles will be possible later this afternoon and this evening.

A second cold front will sink south through the area this evening, bringing a reinforcing shot of cooler air. The strong winds will start to lighten up through the even. Wind speeds of 5 to 15 mph are expected after midnight. Mostly cloudy skies this evening should clear up a bit later tonight. A much chillier night is on tap with lows from around 30° northwest and the lower 40s southeast. Some areas of frost will be possible north and west of the Tri-Cities. Thursday will be a cool day with highs only in the mid to upper 50s. Sunshine is expected in the morning with a few more clouds later in the day. Winds will be breezy for the afternoon, out of the northwest at 10 to 20 mph. Some stray sprinkles or very light rain will be possible to the northwest later in the day and into Thursday night. With clear to partly cloudy skies, it will be colder for Thursday night. By Friday morning, low temperatures will be between the mid 20s west and the mid 30s east/south. This should bring a more widespread frost to the area. Friday will be a mostly sunny day with a bit of a breeze out of the west. There will be somewhat of a temperature recovery, but it will likely still be a below average day for most. Look for highs from the upper 50s northeast to the low to mid 60s southwest.

Friday night won’t be nearly as cold with lows in the 40s. Besides tonight, this will be the warmest night of the forecast. Saturday will bring a brief warm up as another cold front passes through some time during the day. Highs on Saturday could range from near 60° northwest to the mid 70s southeast. Winds may start to increase out of the north as the next cold front passes through some time during the day.

There’s still a lot to figure out with the forecast beyond Saturday as forecast models continue to change with each new model release. What we do know is that we will trend chill early next week, but how cold is still quite uncertain. Once it does get colder, there’s also uncertainty to when it will start to warm up and how warm it may get through the middle of next week. In addition to that, timing of chances of rain are also low confidence right now. Saturday night and early Sunday morning seems to hold some small potential for light rain changing to light snow. Beyond that, there’s too much uncertainty to give a good precipitation forecast. Continue to monitor future forecasts as confidence grows in how this will play out.

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