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A beautiful start to the week, but look what’s coming Tuesday night

October 11, 2021 Morning Forecast
Published: Oct. 11, 2021 at 7:56 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 11, 2021 at 8:35 AM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Today’s gonna turn out to be a very nice fall day. Clouds still hanging out over parts of Central and Eastern Nebraska will gradually clear out this morning, giving the area ample amounts of sunshine. Later today, it’ll warm up into the upper 60s and low to mid 70s. It will remain fairly quiet tonight with mainly clear skies and low temperatures in the 40s. There may be some upper 30s.

There may be some increasing clouds on Tuesday, but it won’t get much worse than partly sunny in the afternoon. The bigger story will be the strengthening southeasterly winds. By the afternoon, they will be up around 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 40 mph. Temperatures will once again warm up, mainly into the 70s. Late in the afternoon, showers and thunderstorms will start to fire up as a strong area of low pressure will begin to approach the Nebraska Panhandle. These showers and thunderstorms will slowly push east across the state Tuesday night into Wednesday morning as a cold front pushes eastward. These thunderstorms could bring some locally heavy rainfall. There will be a threat of some severe thunderstorms, even into the late night hours. Damaging wind gusts look to be the biggest threat at this point. There is a lower threat for large hail and even an isolated tornado. Because these storms will occur for most of us after dark and for many when we are sleeping, it would be a good idea to download the Local4 Weather App and have an all-hazards weather radio for notifications. By Wednesday around sunrise, much of the shower and thunderstorms activity will lift to the northeast, but may linger into the first couple of hours of daylight for a few of our northeastern/eastern communities. Behind the cold front, a punch of dry air will wrap into the low pressure system, which should lead to clearing skies early in the day. Meanwhile, on the backside of the low, now sitting somewhere near or just north of Valentine, Nebraska, snow will wrap around the back side of the low. This could lead to some minor accumulations of 1 to 3 inches in parts of the Panhandle. As the low lifts to the northeast, the snow will clear out of Western Nebraska on Wednesday. Meanwhile, sunshine makes its return on Wednesday. Winds will be strong out of the west and northwest at 15 to 30 mph with gusts to 40 mph. Highs on Wednesday will range from around 50° northwest to the upper 60s in the southeast.

For the rest of the week, chillier nights are expected. Lows will be down into the 30s and several mornings in a row could feature frost. Thursday will still be fairly sunny with highs ranging from the mid 50s northwest to the mid 60s southeast. Thursday night into Friday, a weaker disturbance brings a slight chance of rain to our southern counties. Friday will be a cooler day with highs mostly in the mid 50s. The weekend is shaping up to be pretty nice with plenty of sunshine. Highs on Saturday will warm into the low to mid 60s. On Sunday, it’ll get to the upper 60s and lower 70s. Again, you’ll just have to get past those chilly mornings in the 30s.

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