Record setting day will be followed by a return to reality by next week

December 2, 2021 Morning Forecast
Published: Dec. 2, 2021 at 8:11 AM CST|Updated: Dec. 2, 2021 at 8:47 AM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Today will be a very warm day and likely the warmest day that many of us see for quite awhile. Skies will be mostly sunny for the majority of the area with a few extra clouds to the north. A weak cold front has backed into Northeast Nebraska, which will keep those locations slightly cooler than farther southwest. Highs today will range from the mid 60s northeast to the mid 70s southwest. The vast majority of communities that keep track of record highs should tie or break a record this afternoon. Today’s records include, Grand Island 70° (2012), Hastings 68° (2012), Kearney 70° (1998), Lincoln 68° (2012), North Plate 69° (2012, 1885), McCook 72° (2012), Imperial 70° (1926), Broken Bow 67° (2012). Winds will start out of the west, but take a southerly turn later in the day. They won’t be terribly strong at 5 to 15 mph.

Changes will come overnight in the form of a cold front. A front will take a dive south through the area later tonight and early tomorrow morning. Behind that front, winds will take a northerly turn. There will only be a few clouds, but no precipitation is expected. Our Friday will be a mostly sunny day, but it’ll be breezy and cooler. Winds will be out of the north, then northeast at 12 to 22 mph with some gusts up to 30 mph. While it will be cooler, temperatures will still be mild for early December. Highs will range from the lower 50s north to the mid 60s south. Winds will die down and skies will remain clear to partly cloudy Friday night. It’ll be colder with lows by Saturday morning in the mid to upper 20s and lower 30s.

The weekend will be cooler, but still a little bit above average. Highs on Saturday will range from the upper 40s northeast to the mid 50s southwest. Winds will be out of the south southeast at 10 to 20 mph with some gusts to 25 mph. Skies will be mostly sunny. Sunday will be even less pleasant and winds will be quite strong out of the northwest at 15 to 30 mph. Some gusts could approach 40 mph. Skies will be partly cloudy. Temperatures will range from around 40° northeast to the mid 50s southeast.

It’ll be even chillier early next week. Highs on Monday will range from the low/mid 30s northeast to the lower 40s southwest. Winds will again be a bit breezy. Skies will be partly to mostly cloudy. It’ll be mostly cloudy on Tuesday with highs from the mid 30s north to the mid 40s south. On Wednesday, highs will range from the upper 30s east to the mid 40s west. Skies will be mostly sunny.

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