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Warmer temperatures are returning soon, but our next snow may be about a week away

January 26, 2022 Morning Forecast
Warmer temperatures are returning soon, but our next snow may be about a week away.
Published: Jan. 26, 2022 at 8:01 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 26, 2022 at 8:27 AM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Our Wednesday morning is beginning with some cloudy areas north and west of the Tri-Cities with more clearing south and east. We’ll continue to see some clearing as the day goes on. Temperatures will be warmer across the area today, as they return to near and slight above average. How warm temperatures get will depend the wind direction. Much of the area will have blustery southwest winds of 15 to 25 mph with some gusts to 35 mph. These area will see highs in the mid to upper 30s and possibly some lower 40s. In northwest parts of the Local4 viewing area, a surface trough will move in. That will shift the winds to more out of the west northwest. That wind direction will help push highs into the low to mid 40s in those locations. Overnight, the surface trough will push through the area, shifting winds out of the northwest. They won’t be as strong overnight. Meanwhile, we’ll see increasing clouds as temperatures drop into the upper 10s and low to mid 20s.

For tomorrow, a weak cold front will dive south, bringing a slight cool-down for some. It will also bring some brisk north northwest winds of 15 to 25 mph. Highs will range from the mid 30s north to the lower 40s southeast. Skies will be mostly cloudy for much of the area. There may even be some pockets of flurries or very light snow in North Central Nebraska. The cold front will reverse course and become a warm front Thursday night, making a push east. A few more pockets of flurries or light snow will be possible along that front. We’ll see lows Thursday night, mainly in the 10s.

Nicer weather will return with more sunshine and less wind on Friday. Highs will range from the upper 30s east to the upper 40s west. Breezy winds will return on Saturday, but warmer temperatures will be back. Highs will reach the 50s with a few spots possibly getting above 60°. The best chance would be in North Central Kansas and South Central Nebraska. Skies will be partly to mostly sunny. Sunday will be slightly cooler, but with sunny skies and less wind. Highs will be in the upper 40s and low to mid 50s. It’ll be warm and breezy with mostly sunny skies on Monday. Highs will reach the mid to upper 50s. 60° will again be possible for some.

Big changes will be coming on Tuesday and for the rest of next week. Colder air will sink back south on Tuesday and north winds will be blustery. What is a little more uncertain is the track of a potential winter storm system. While initially, some rain may fall, we could see a change over to a wintry mix and eventually snow. With strong winds, blowing snow could be an issue. The big question now is how intense will this snow be. Some forecast models are aggressive while others show a weaker system. Most models are showing higher impacts across our south and west with lower impacts as you go to the northwest. Continue to watch future forecasts for more clarification as we get closer to next week.

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