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Warmer weather returns this weekend; rain, snow, and cold looms next week?

January 26, 2022 Afternoon Forecast
Another breezy day Thursday with temps a bit above normal. The real warm up will reside during the weekend.
Published: Jan. 26, 2022 at 2:24 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 26, 2022 at 8:01 PM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - The forecast as we finish the work week has more seasonally cool weather for Thursday, but with a nice warm up for Friday that will spill over into the weekend and early next week. What’s piqued our attention is a potential storm system that could impact the area midweek next week. Longer range models are adveristing the possibility of rain eventually turning to snow with cold and breezy conditions. All that said, there’s still plenty of time before this system arrives and it will change in many different ways, so make sure to continue to check back on the forecast as we get closer!

As we head into Thursday, a weak cold front is forecast to push across the state, which will give us a mix of sun and clouds with blustery north and northwest winds. Wind gusts could reach between 25 and 35 MPH at times on Thursday with temperatures that are forecast to range from the mid 30s to the low 40s across the state.

Look for northwesterly winds and a mix of sun and clouds on Thursday.
Look for northwesterly winds and a mix of sun and clouds on Thursday.(KSNB)

Low temperatures tonight and into Thursday won’t be as cold as the past few nights, with lows expected in the upper teens to low 20s. As winds become a bit more blustery overnight tonight and into Thursday morning, wind chills are expected to fall into the single digits and teens for most.

Lows into Thursday morning should be a bit warmer, only falling to the low 20s for most.
Lows into Thursday morning should be a bit warmer, only falling to the low 20s for most.(KSNB)

As mentioned, high temperatures on Thursday should be close to normal, with some areas just a few degrees below average and some just a few degrees above normal. While actual air temperatures should be pretty typical of late January, the blustery north winds will result in wind chills in the teens and 20s for most by the afternoon hours.

Highs on Thursday should be close to normal with highs in the mid 30s to low 30s.
Highs on Thursday should be close to normal with highs in the mid 30s to low 30s.(KSNB)

Nicer weather is on tap for Friday as we finish the week with more sunshine and less wind. Temperatures are forecast to take a nice jump into the middle and upper 40s for most of the state. The exception will be far eastern Nebraska, where temperatures are expected to hold in the mid 30s to low 40s as a reinforcing shot of colder air will settle into the region just off to our east.

Look for highs ranging from the mid 30s to the upper 40s on Friday.
Look for highs ranging from the mid 30s to the upper 40s on Friday.(KSNB)

The extended forecast offers us a very nice warm up for the weekend with temperatures jumping back into the mid 50s for the Tri-Cities with plenty of sunshine. Even into early next week on Monday, we should see some unseasonaby warm weather. Past Monday though, the forecast turns more uncertain as a stronger system could potentially swing through the Plains. As mentioned, stay tuned to the forecast for more details!

Milder weather is expected over the next few days with coler temperatures with rain and snow...
Milder weather is expected over the next few days with coler temperatures with rain and snow possibly looming towards midweek next week.(KSNB)

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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