Much colder air has arrived with a little surprise snow

January 19, 2022 Morning Forecast
Much colder air has arrived with a little surprise snow.
Published: Jan. 19, 2022 at 8:09 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 19, 2022 at 9:10 AM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Today is all about the cold and the wind, which is a big change from yesterday’s warmth. Hastings set a record high yesterday of 66°. While cold and wind are the big weather story, some light snow has fallen in more of the area than expected. This has led to a light dusting in some locations. For most other locations, it’s just cloudy. There will be some clearing up north today and maybe a little bit around the Tri-Cities by the end of the day, but it won’t help much. Temperatures will mostly be in the 10s around the area. Some single digits up north will warm into the 10s with the sunshine later on. Factor in some blustery north winds of 15 to 25 mph and wind chill values will be near and below zero for most of the area.

Skies will clear up tonight as high pressure builds in from the north. Clearing skies and winds lightening up will lead to a very cold night. Many will see lows in the single digits below zero. It may stay just a bit above zero in the far south and out west. There will be a few clouds out west to keep temperatures up just a little bit. Some of those clouds out west will drift through Central Nebraska and North Central Kansas through the day Thursday. Otherwise, I expect more sunshine both to the east and to the west. High temperatures will range from the upper 10s in the east to the low to mid 30s way out west. With mostly clear skies, expect another cold night Thursday night with lows between 5° and 15° from east to west.

Friday will be a little bit warmer as a warm front pushes east across the area. Highs on Friday will range from the lower 30s east to the lower 40s west. Some very light moisture will move in from the west. It could initially be light snow, but may mix with light rain later in the day. The best chance will be in the west as farther east the chance is much lower. Temperatures will continue to warm up through the weekend. Each day will be on the breezy side with partly to mostly sunny skies. Highs on Saturday will mainly be in the mid to upper 30s and lower 40s. Highs on Sunday will range from the upper 30s northeast to the low/mid 50s southwest. Monday will have similar highs to Sunday, but late in the day and into Monday night, a cold front will sink southward. Highs on Tuesday will only be in the mid to upper 20s and lower 30s. There is a slight chance of some light snow Monday night, but this doesn’t look terribly threatening at this time.

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