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Warm temperatures threaten to break record highs the next couple of days.

November 18, 2020 Morning Forecast
Published: Nov. 18, 2020 at 8:40 AM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - We’ll see some passing high cloudiness today, bringing us partly to mostly sunny skies. Temperatures will warm up rapidly, climbing to near record territory. Highs will range from the lower 70s east to the lower 80s west. Record highs across the Local4 viewing area include 73° in Grand Island, 75° in Hastings, 77° in Kearney, 74° in Broken Bow, 79° in Imperial, 76° in McCook, and 78° in Lincoln. Grand Island, Broken Bow, Imperial, and McCook have the best chance to break records today. Winds will be breezy in Central Nebraska out of the south southwest at 10 to 20 mph. The strongest winds will be in Eastern Nebraska with 15 to 30 mph winds with gusts to 40 mph. Out west, the winds will be much lighter at 5 to 15 mph out of more of a westerly direction.

We’ll continue to see some passing clouds overnight as the southerly winds take more of a westerly turn later in the night. They’ll remain a bit breezy much of the night in Eastern Nebraska. Temperatures will drop back to lows in the upper 30s to near 50°.

Thursday is another day where record highs will be possible. Highs will range from the upper 60s in the far north and west to the mid to upper 70s southeast. Record highs in the Tri-Cities Thursday are 79° in Grand Island and Hastings and 73° in Kearney. Kearney has the best chance of breaking the record. Winds will be much lighter than previous days. Skies will be partly to mostly sunny.

Friday is our transitional day toward cooler temperatures this weekend. We’ll see clouds on the increase as the day goes on. Temperatures will range from the lower 50s northwest to the lower 60s southeast. The chance for rain will increase Friday night, mainly after midnight. The chance for snow is low for most, but may be possible in the far northern and western parts of the Local4 viewing area if it can get cold enough. A good chance for showers is expected through the day on Saturday. The chances look to be greater the farther south and southeast that you go in the area. These will be chilly showers with highs only in the low to mid 40s for most. While chilly, these temperatures are just a little below average. The rain will wind down from northwest to southeast Saturday night. Some snow may try to mix in, but the moisture may clear out before it gets cold enough. Even if it does snow, we are not likely to see much if any accumulation.

A warming trend is expected through the middle of next week. As sunshine returns on Sunday, highs will warm to the upper 40s and lower 50s. Monday should be a few degrees warmer, but will depend on whether or not a storm system clips the area. Most forecast models have it missing us as of right now, but it is something we’ll continue to monitor. Tuesday will be a little warmer with most warming into the 50s under mostly sunny skies. Temperatures may warm into the 60s for most on Wednesday before gradually cooling back around Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

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