Today’s winter weather system will be a minor issue for most of us, but a lot of wind is on the way

January 14, 2022 Morning Forecast
Published: Jan. 14, 2022 at 8:03 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 14, 2022 at 8:37 AM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - For the vast majority of us, the winter weather system moving through the region will be nothing but a lot of wind and colder air. As previously forecasted, most of the snow with this system will be well to our east. Initially this morning, there is a brief window of time where light icing is a concern in extreme northeastern portions of the Local4 viewing area. As temperatures rise above freezing though, that will be less of a concern. Most of us will remain dry through the morning. Meanwhile, a cold front will advance eastward across the area. Behind the cold front, winds will turn out of the north northwest and will pick up quite a bit. Winds will increase behind the front at 20 to 30+ mph. Some gusts could get up to around 45 mph. Some gusts toward western parts of the Local4 viewing area may exceed 50 mph. Meanwhile, temperatures will warm up initially before dropping later in the day. Actually highs today will mostly be in the upper 30s and lower to mid 40s. By the end of the afternoon, expect temperatures to be colder. As for precipitation, most of the area will not see much before noon. Some rain will develop for parts of Central and Eastern Nebraska as well as North Central Kansas through the afternoon. Temperatures may start to get cold enough for a change over to snow in the Northern half of the state. By the end of the afternoon, most of the moisture will be confined to Eastern Nebraska as the rain continues to transition to snow from north to south. Through the evening and overnight, some wrap-around snow will be possible in Central Nebraska/Kansas, bur more likely to the east. But even if it is just light snow, blowing snow could still cause some visibility restrictions. Conditions are expected to be a bit worse in Eastern Nebraska with a better chance of snow and slightly higher snowfall rates. By around sunrise Saturday, about the only snow that will be left will be some light snow in our southeastern communities. And this is expected to clear out pretty quickly after that. Most area will only get a trace to an inch at most. But for area east of a line from O’Neill to Fairbury, an inch or two of snow is possible. The higher snow impacts will be near and east of the Missouri River. For the rest of us, it’ll just be cold and blustery overnight. Low temperatures by tomorrow morning will be between 5° up north and 15° farther south.

Saturday will be a cold and blustery day with decreasing clouds. Winds will remain blustery out of the north, but will lighten up further into the day. High temperatures today will range from the low/mid 20s east to the mid/upper 30s out west. A warm front will push across the area Saturday night into Sunday morning, ushering in the next warm up for early next week. Low temperatures Saturday night will drop to between 10° in the east to the low/mid 20s out west.

With partly to mostly sunny skies and somewhat breezy conditions, nice weather returns Sunday through Tuesday. Highs on Sunday will warm into the mid 40s to mid 50s. For Monday, it’ll be upper 40s and low to mid 50s, but a large amounts of the area will be closer to the mid 50s. The best weather will come Tuesday with highs into the mid to upper 50s, although a little cooler up north as the next shot of colder air arrives. It’ll be much chillier Wednesday and Thursday. In fact, highs those days will mostly be in the 20s. There is a chance of some light snow Wednesday night.

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