Rain and snow the main weather story on Friday

April 15, 2021 Morning Forecast
Published: Apr. 15, 2021 at 8:33 AM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Rain and snow will continue to spread eastward into Central and Eastern Nebraska overnight into early Friday morning. The rain/snow line will shift eastward from Western to Central Nebraska as the night goes on. Much of the accumulating snow will remain along and west of Highway 183. Snow amounts of 1 to 3 inches are expected mainly on grassy surfaces. There could be totals closer to 4 or 5 inches near the Colorado border. Little to no snow accumulation is expected around the Tri-Cities. Low temperatures tonight will drop to between the upper 20s west and the mid 30s east.

A good chance for moisture will continue on Friday. Areas that start the day as snow will try to switch back to rain as temperatures slowly warm up. By later in the day, it should be warm enough to mainly see rain. Highs will range from the upper 30s west to the upper 40s east. Rain will continue Friday night, but slowly diminish and clear out through the night. By the time it gets cold enough for rain to change back to snow, there won’t be a lot of moisture left. Much of it should be done by daybreak Saturday. Rainfall or liquid equivalent precipitation (rain and melted snow) will amount anywhere from around 0.10″ in the northeast to possibly over an inch in Western/Southwestern Nebraska. Keep in mind, that some of this may be accumulating snow in western parts of the Local4 viewing area, but it should melt rapidly through the weekend. The good news is that those are the areas that are most in need of moisture as the drought persists there.

With skies remaining mostly cloudy, it’ll still be fairly chilly on Saturday with highs in the pper 40s and low to mid 50s. Milder air will push in Sunday as temperatures get to the upper 50s and lower 60s. This should be the nicest day of the forecast for most of us with mostly sunny skies.

A Canadian cold front dives southward on Monday. There could be a wider range in temperatures on Monday as a strong cold front pushes south into the area. It could be as cold as the mid/upper 30s for highs in the northwest to the low/mid 50s in the southeast, but this could change depending on the timing of the front. This cold front will also bring a chance for rain and strong northerly winds Monday, especially be the afternoon. Rain chances will continue Monday night, but will try to change to snow as temperatures drop back into the 20s. Tuesday will be a cool day with highs in the mid to upper 40s and lower 50s. Some snow and rain may linger into Tuesday morning. Expect improving conditions on Wednesday with mostly sunny skies and highs in the mid to upper 50s.

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