Sunshine and warmer temperatures return, but watch for severe weather over the holiday weekend

May 26, 2022 Morning Forecast
Sunshine and warmer temperatures return, but watch for severe weather over the holiday weekend.
Published: May. 26, 2022 at 8:05 AM CDT|Updated: May. 26, 2022 at 8:31 AM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - A narrow band of showers continues in eastern portions of the Local4 viewing area this morning. As the morning goes on, this area of rain will slowly diminish, with just a few spotty light showers in far eastern areas this afternoon. Meanwhile, clouds over the eastern portions of the area will slowly clear out from west to east. Areas west of highway 281 will enjoy quite a bit of sunshine. Winds will be a bit breezy out of the north at 10 to 20 mph. Temperatures will be warmer today, but how much warmer will depend on where you live. Highs will range from the mid 60s east to the lower 80s out west. Skies will be clear tonight as the last of the clouds clear out to the east. Lows will fall back into the mid to upper 40s and lower 50s. There may be some patchy areas of fog that develop after midnight...especially in the east.

After any morning fog burns off, much of the area will enjoy plenty of sunshine with a few clouds moving in from the west later today. High temperatures on Friday will range from the upper 70s east to the lower 90s west. Winds will become a bit breezy out of the south at 10 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Friday night will be much milder with lows in the mid to upper 50s and lower 60s. Skies will be partly cloudy with perhaps a stray shower or thunderstorm. Saturday will be quite warm and breezy with high temperatures rising into the mid 80s to mid 90s with the warmest temperatures in Southwest Nebraska. As a dry line pushes east Saturday evening, there will be a chance for showers and thunderstorms. The chance is greater in Northern Nebraska than it is in Southern Nebraska and Northern Kansas. Some severe storms will be possible. Severe wind gusts and some large hail will be the main threats.

On Sunday, a cold front will move into Western Nebraska. Another very warm day is anticipated ahead of the front with highs from the lower 80s northwest to the low/mid 90s southeast. More showers and thunderstorms will try to fire up by the end of the afternoon and more into the evening hours. The best chance for these developing will be the north and northwest. Severe weather will once again be possible.

More questions will arise going into Monday (Memorial Day) and Tuesday with the cold front to the west and northwest finally starting to push through. Ahead of the front, it’ll be another very warm day in the 80s and lower 90s with some fairly strong south winds. The biggest question is whether the cold front starts to push through Monday night or if it remains stalled to the northwest and then pushes through on Tuesday. This will determine if the better chance for thunderstorms will be Monday night or Tuesday. A lot of this will depend on how thunderstorms play out over the weekend, so continue to watch future forecasts for more updates. No matter when the front passes, severe weather will be possible. By the middle of next week, much cooler weather will return to the area.

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