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Snow coming Saturday night sets the stage for a cool week next week

October 17, 2020 Evening Forecast
Published: Oct. 17, 2020 at 8:24 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - A cold front that passes through Saturday afternoon has now push well to the south, drawing in much chillier air in from the north. Blustery north winds will draw down temperatures that will drop to between the mid 20s and mid 30s overnight. More importantly, there will be some moisture that returns to the area. Initially, rain is moving in from the northwest, but will gradually transitions to snow as the night progresses. The change to snow won’t likely occur in the Tri-Cities area until after 2:00am Sunday morning. Snow is expected to last possibly as long as mid-morning Sunday (9:00am). The majority of the precipitation will set up in a relatively narrow band from Northwest Nebraska to Southeast Nebraska. The best description looks to be near Highway 2 (including Interstate 80 from Grand Island to Lincoln), or just a tad north or south from there. While most locations within that band likely won’t pick up more than an inch (mainly on grassy surfaces), there will be some isolated locations that pick up a higher 1 to 3 inches. Areas toward Northeast Nebraska and Southwest Nebraska/North Central Kansas will pick up little if any snow.

Once the precipitation clears out Sunday morning, it will likely remain a mostly cloudy day with possibly only a little sun. Expect a raw day as high temperatures will only make it into the 40s. Late in the afternoon and into the evening, some very light precipitation may develop and lift to the northeast. This light rain and/or snow will not amount to much for most, but could end in some very light accumulation for North Central and Northeast Nebraska. Low temperatures Sunday night will be in the upper 20s and low to mid 30s.

Monday gets just a little warmer with partly cloudy skies. We’ll see highs from the upper 40s northeast to the mid 60s southwest. Tuesday may be a bit warmer with highs in the mid to upper 50s north/east to the upper 60s southwest. Wednesday will mainly be mid 50s to mid 60s with mostly cloudy skies and a slight chance of very light rain. There’s another small chance of very light rain Thursday as a cold front approaches and passes through. Highs on Thursday could be from the mid 40s northwest to near 70° southeast. Friday and Saturday will be colder again with highs mainly in the 40s. That chill may last into early next week.

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