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Hot and windy conditions set the stage for severe storms later in the day

May 12, 2022 Morning Forecast
Hot and windy conditions set the stage for severe storms later in the day.
Published: May. 12, 2022 at 8:00 AM CDT|Updated: May. 12, 2022 at 8:35 AM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - We’re set for another hot and windy day today ahead of a cold front that will push east through the area this afternoon and evening. South winds will increase to 15 to 30 mph with some gusts over 40 mph. Temperatures will soar into the upper 80s and low to mid 90s for most of the area under partly to mostly sunny skies. Clouds are a bit thicker farther west closer to the cold front. There’s also some continued smoky haze from the wildfires ongoing in North Central New Mexico. This smoke should hopefully clear up tomorrow. Meanwhile, a cold front over Western Nebraska will advance toward Central Nebraska/Kansas through the afternoon. Behind the cold front, winds will turn more westerly and will really crank up at 25 to 35 mph with some gusts to 50 mph. This will mostly only be in the western parts of the area. Some showers and isolated thunderstorms are possible along the front out west during the early to mid afternoon. But it is during the mid to late afternoon when thunderstorms should explode near the cold front. This will continue into the early evening. The biggest initial threat will be large hail, possibly very large. Hail two inches in diameter or large is possible. An isolated tornado is possible, but that threat looks bigger to our north in the Northern Plains. As these storms advance into Eastern Nebraska, they will become more linear with a transition to more of a damaging wind gust threat. An isolated tornado is still possible, but not likely. These storms will eventually weaken late this evening and push east of the area around or shortly after midnight. Behind this system, winds will die down and cooler air will move in. Lows Friday morning will fall to between the mid 40s out west to the lower 60s out east.

Friday will be a rather nice day will a lot of sunshine as high pressure builds in. There will be some clouds to the northwest. Winds won’t be terribly strong. Most will see highs in the upper 70s and lower 80s. Expect another cooler night Friday night with lows in the upper 40s and low to mid 50s. The nice weather will continue into the weekend. Highs on Saturday will range from the low/mid 70s northwest to the mid 80s southeast. Highs on Sunday will be mostly in the 70s with a few lower 80s in the south. There is going to be a chance for thunderstorms Saturday evening through Sunday morning. Some severe storms will be possible in our southeastern communities Saturday evening.

Temperatures will continue to be nice through the middle of next week. Highs during this time will mostly be between the mid 70s and mid 80s with the warmest temperatures in the southwest. It will also be breezier Monday through Wednesday. There will be chances for showers and thunderstorms Monday night, Tuesday night, and again Wednesday.

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