Enjoying the nice weather, but keeping an eye on the snow potential at the end of the week

January 12, 2022 Morning Forecast
Published: Jan. 12, 2022 at 8:18 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 12, 2022 at 9:22 AM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - The weather will continue to be nice for the next couple of days with some changes coming at the end of the week.

Today will be a partly sunny day with temperatures rising into the 50s for most of the area. 60° is again possible in Central Nebraska. Meanwhile, southwestern areas may struggle to get to 50° because of snow that is still left on the ground. Northwest winds will mostly be around 10 to 15 mph with some occasional gusts over 20 mph. Tonight will be a quiet night with clear to partly cloudy skies. Low temperatures will dip into the upper 20s and low to mid 30s. A backdoor cool front will come in from the northeast tomorrow, which may bring temperatures down just a little. But it’ll still be quite mild. Highs temperatures will still be in the upper 40s and low to mid 50s. Look for partly to mostly sunny skies. We’ll see increasing clouds Thursday night as lows remain fairly mild in the upper 20s and low to mid 30s.

The weather will go downhill Friday into Friday night. With more clouds around and a cold front crossing through the area, high temperatures on Friday will be cooler in the upper 30s and lower 40s. As the cold front crosses the area though the day from west to east, winds will become more north northwesterly. They will become rather strong Friday afternoon and Friday night. Winds of 20 to 30 mph will be common with some gusts approaching 45 mph. Meanwhile, moisture will be returning to the area. Most of the moisture will move in from the northwest. There may be a little bit of light rain or snow in the morning, but the chances will become better as the afternoon goes on. This would be mostly rain to start, but will transition to snow as it gets colder. There could be a brief window of time for some sleet or freezing drizzle. By the time we get to Friday night, this should be mainly a snow event. Snow will continue through the night, clearing out to the southeast, sometime Saturday morning. At this time, the greatest impacts will be over Eastern Nebraska and I don’t expect that to chance. The biggest question right now is how much will this factor in to travel issues for Central Nebraska. Right now, the higher impacts (2 inches of snow or more) are expected to be over portions of North Central to Eastern Nebraska (east of a line from O’Neill to Beatrice). Some may be in line for over 6 inches of snow in far Eastern Nebraska. Meanwhile, the chances of picking up more than an inch of snow in the Tri-Cities area are a little less 50/50. Even with a light snow event, strong winds may still cause some travel difficulties. So if you have travel plans to the east or northeast Friday afternoon and Friday night, you may want to reconsider or postpone those plans. Continue to monitor future forecast for all the latest.

Saturday will be a cold day as the snow clears out and skies begin to clear up through the day. Winds will remain blustery, but should die down through the afternoon. High temperatures on Saturday will range from around 20° in the east to the lower 30s in the west. Temperatures will recover for early next week with partly to mostly sunny skies. Highs on Sunday will range from the upper 30s east to around 50° southwest. It’ll be slightly warmer Monday from the lower 40s east to the lower 50s west. Tuesday looks even better with mid 40s to mid 50s for much of the area. It is more likely that temperatures will be held down over Eastern Nebraska with fresh snow covering the ground.

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