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As snow comes to an end, we look forward to nicer weather as October comes to an end

October 26, 2020 Morning Forecast
Published: Oct. 26, 2020 at 9:22 AM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Snow chances will stick around things morning for the southern half of Nebraska into Northern Kansas, but as the afternoon progresses, the chances will dwindle down from north to south. So far, snowfall totals have have mostly been in the range of 1 to 4 inches across Southern/Eastern Nebraska and Northern Kansas. Northern and Western Nebraska had snowfall totals commonly in the range of 4 to 8 inches. While snow will wind down later today, temperature will stay quite cold. we’ll see high temperatures mostly in the 20s. It could be near 30° in Southeast Nebraska. These will likely break new records for cold maximum temperatures. The current records are 28° in Grand Island and Hastings and 29° in Kearney. With forecast highs in the mid 20s, these records should easily be broken.

Clouds will linger around this evening, but later in the night we will see clearing of the skies. It will be a frigid night by late-October standards. We’ll see lows for many in the low to mid 10s. Farther west, lows will be in the single digits. They will even be close to 0° in the far west. Along with the clearing skies will be a night with fairly light winds.

Sunshine returns for Tuesday, but warmer air will be slow to return. Highs will be in the 30s, but will likely be impacted by how much snow is on the ground in some locations. Those that saw very little snow may actually make it to 40° Southwest winds shouldn’t be too strong at 5 to 15 mph. It’ll be another cold night with lows in the mid 10s to mid 20s around the area.

Wednesday will be a bit warmer yet, but again will likely be impacted by snow cover. This would especially be true for those to the north where the higher totals were observed. We’ll see highs in the mid to upper 40s and lower 50s.

A strong low pressure system will pass to our south Wednesday night into Thursday. The northern edge of the precipitation field may glance by the southern portions of the Local4 viewing area. Far Southern Nebraska and Northern Kansas would have a chance for rain. As the rain pushes to the east Thursday afternoon, there will be some partial clearing. Temperatures will likely take a step back with the extra clouds around. Highs will mostly be in the 40s.

Some much nicer fall weather comes in just in time for the end of the week and the upcoming weekend. Expect plenty of sunshine during this time. Highs on Friday will push into the 50s and lower 60s with the warmest temperatures southwest. Halloween Saturday is shaping up to be a really nice day with highs into the upper 50s and low to mid 60s. Along with being good weather for the trick-or-treaters in the evening, the weather should be good if you’ve having a Husker football gathering in the afternoon. It may cool back just a bit for Sunday with highs in the 50s and lower 60s. The nicer temperatures should stick around into early next week.

One final note, don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour Saturday night as Daylight Saving Time comes to an end. That means an extra hour of sleep Sunday morning.

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