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A big storm system set to move through tonight brings plenty of wind and a good chance for thunderstorms

October 12, 2021 Morning Forecast
Published: Oct. 12, 2021 at 8:16 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 12, 2021 at 9:14 AM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - The day is starting off fairly sunny in Central and Eastern Nebraska, but already this morning there are more clouds out west and even some showers that have developed. These will mainly stay in the western parts of the Local4 viewing area today, but some clouds will start to spread eastward with time. Meanwhile, winds will be turning southeasterly and cranking up as the day goes on. By the afternoon, winds of 20 to 35 mph will be common with some gusts up to 45 mph. This will help boost temperatures into the 70s for much of the area this afternoon.

Later this afternoon into this evening, numerous showers and thunderstorms will fire up in the western parts of Nebraska. As the night progresses, these will make their way eastward across the state of Nebraska. This is all as an area of low pressure moves from the southern Panhandle into the Sandhills of Nebraska. Most of the showers and thunderstorms will be near or ahead of an attached cold front that extends to the south of the area of low pressure. Behind the cold front, dry air pushing in from the southwest will lead to quick clearing of the skies. Winds will also turn from southerly to more westerly behind this front. They will continue to be quite strong, but from a different direction. Meanwhile, on the backside of the low pressure system, rain will be changing to snow in the Panhandle where totals of up to a couple of inches will be possible. Going back to the overnight thunderstorms, severe weather is a possibility. The chance will be greater the farther south that you go, so expect the best chance in Northern Kansas with lower chances in Northern Nebraska. Damaging wind gusts in excess of 60 mph are the biggest threat. Some isolated large hail will be possible. The severe threat should lessen by early tomorrow. The last of the showers and isolated thunderstorms will lift out of the northern and eastern parts of the area by mid-morning. Skies will become clear for most of the area except for the northwest where there will still be some lingering clouds near the departing area of low pressure. In the end, many locations will end up picking up around 0.50″ to 1.00″ of rain. Low temperatures tomorrow morning will range from the lower 30s in the Panhandle to the lower 60s in far Eastern Nebraska.

Sunshine is expect for the vast majority of the area on Wednesday, but the lingering low clouds may last for a large part of the area up north. This will keep temperatures cooler there. Highs will range from around 50° northwest to the mid 60s in the southeast. Winds will again be a big deal out of the west northwest. Look for sustained winds of 20 to 35 mph with gusts to 45 mph. Winds will die down and skies will remain clear for Wednesday night, leading to the coldest temperatures of the fall so far. Low temperatures Thursday morning will drop back into the 30s for most of the area. Areas near and west of Highway 281 will have to watch for the threat of patchy frost with temperatures more likely to be near or below freezing out west.

On Thursday, we’ll see an increase in clouds as the next, much weaker storm system approaches. We’ll see high temperatures on Thursday from the mid 50s northwest to the mid 60s in the southeast. This storm system may bring some light rain in our Kansas counties and far Southeast Nebraska later Thursday night into Friday morning, but most of us will just see some extra clouds around. That should keep temperatures up a little, but that said, there may be areas of frost again in our western counties by Friday morning. Friday starts with some clouds, but they will be gradually clearing as the day goes along. High temperatures will be in the mid to upper 50s and lower 60s. With clearing skies Friday night, we’ll see a more widespread chance of frost with temperatures dropping into the low to mid 30s pretty much area-wide.

Going into the weekend, we will enjoy plenty of sunshine and warmer temperatures. Highs on Saturday will return to the mid 60s. On Sunday, we’ll be back above average with highs in the low to mid 70s. In between, we’ll see another nice in the 30s Saturday night into Sunday morning. Monday will still be very nice with high temperatures in the upper 60s and low to mid 70s.

The state softball tournament gets underway in Hastings on Wednesday and runs through Friday. No major weather issues are expected to cause delays. Expect chilly mornings and cool afternoon. The biggest issue will be the strong winds on Wednesday, but those winds shouldn’t be quite so strong for Thursday and Friday. Friday will still be on the breezy side, but not so windy.

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