Warm To Start The Week, But Another Blast Of Arctic Air Comes Mid Week
January 3, 2022 Afternoon Forecast
HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Today will mostly sunny, but winds will be just a bit breezier out of the southwest at 10 to 15 mph with some gusts to 25 mph this afternoon. Many will get into the 40s for highs this afternoon, but for areas to the southeast, it’ll remain in the mid to upper 30s with a little more snow cover. We will see a few more clouds move in Monday night into Tuesday morning. There’s also the possibility of some patchy fog developing. Lows tonight will mostly be in the mid 10s to mid 20s. Temperatures will bump up even more for Tuesday, but will be affected by two things. A cold front will move in from the north in the afternoon, bringing in some cooler air to the north. Snow cover will also keep temperatures cooler in the southeast. Highs will range from the upper 30s to the mid 50s. Winds behind the cold front will crank up as they turn out of the northwest at 15 to 25 mph with some gusts to 35 mph.
Colder air will come diving south into the area Tuesday night into Wednesday with the next shot of arctic air for the middle of the week. Along with that, another round of snow is expected to move in from the west Wednesday afternoon and Wednesday night. There are some questions to how heavy this could be, but trends are for a better chance of snow as you go to the southwest. It’s a quick moving system similar to the last one, but could have impacts. Keep watching the forecast in the days ahead. Less of a question is the next push of arctic air that will be just as cold as what we saw for the New Year’s holiday. Wednesday’s highs will be from the upper single digits north to the lower 20s southwest. The day on Thursday will be even colder with single digit highs in Central and Eastern Nebraska. Out west, there may be some lower 10s. Lows for both Wednesday night and Thursday night will be back below zero. Wind chill values colder than -20° are also expected. Temperatures will begin to warm up a little bit on Friday, although it will still be cold. Saturday will be even nicer. We’ll get a glancing shot of colder air on Sunday. After that, long term trends are looking toward a return to a milder weather pattern into early January.
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