With snow coming for some of the area in a little over a day, here’s what kind of totals we could be seeing

January 13, 2022 Morning Forecast
Published: Jan. 13, 2022 at 8:13 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 13, 2022 at 9:19 AM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - We get one more day of nice weather before some changes come at the end of the week. Much of the day will be spent with mostly sunny skies. Winds will be out of the northwest at 5 to 15 mph. For some they will turn northerly and lighten up later in the day. High temperatures will get back to the 50s for most of the area. Upper level clouds will be moving in from the west later in the day. Clouds will continue to thicken up overnight with the first signs of precipitation moving in early tomorrow morning around sunrise.

Precipitation should be light to start off the day Friday. Some rain or snow will be possible, but there’s a great chance of a mix, included sleet and freezing drizzle in parts of Eastern Nebraska. That threat should lessen by around noon as precipitation begins to pick up. Mainly will warm up enough that rain will be the predominate moisture type, but as temperatures drop in the afternoon, rain will change over to snow. This moisture will continue to be primarily over the eastern half of the area. Meanwhile, a cold front will push across the state from west to east. While high temperatures will climb into the upper 30s and lower (maybe mid) 40s, those temperatures should drop a bit in the afternoon behind the front. Winds will strengthen behind the front out of the north northwest. Sustained winds of 20 to 30 mph will be common with some gusts approaching 45 mph. Snow chances will continue into Friday night, moving from north to south with snow likely heavier the farther east that you go. Wind driven snow will create travel hazards with conditions becoming more difficult the farther east that you go. Areas to the west and southwest will see little if any moisture from this system. The light snow and flurries may linger into the first few hours of daylight on Saturday, but will shift off to the southeast fairly quickly. Sunshine should return later in the day. The strong northerly winds will start to back down later in the day Saturday.

Impacts from this system will increase as you go from west to east across the area. Some to the west will see little to no impact. Around the Tri-Cities and immediate surrounding area, impacts should be on the lower end of the spectrum. East of a line from around Atkinson to Fairbury and there is where we could start to see some moderate impacts with 1 to 3 inches of snow, and blowing snow causing poor visibility. Much higher impacts are expected closer to the Missouri River valley and east of there. Meanwhile, the other part of this system is the brief return to colder weather. Low temperatures Saturday morning will drop down into the upper single digits and low to mid 10s. High temperatures on Saturday will range from around 20° east to the low/mid 30s out west. Low temperatures Saturday night will again be cold, ranging from the mid single digits in the east to near 20° out west.

We will see improving conditions for early next week. Highs on Sunday with mostly sunny skies will be back into the 40s and lower 50s. The coldest temperatures will be in the east with more fresh snow on the ground. Highs on Monday will reach the mid 40s to mid 50s...again colder in the east. Tuesday features a nice jump in temperatures with widespread 50s expected. After that, temperatures will come back down closer to average in the 30s on Wednesday and Thursday.

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