Temperatures and weather go downhill to end the week

October 5, 2022 - Evening forecast
Temperatures and weather go downhill to end the week
Published: Oct. 5, 2022 at 5:58 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - We started off the day with some cool, but not unusually cold weather. It turned out to be a wonderful afternoon as high temperatures climbed into the low to mid 70s across the region. While much of the area had plenty of sunshine this morning, a field of fair weather cumulus clouds develop over roughly the eastern half of Nebraska this afternoon. They will then diminish and clear up this evening as the sun goes down. Winds were a little breezy this afternoon out of the northwest at 10 to 15 mph with gusts to 25 mph. Winds will calm down as we head into the evening and overnight hours as an area of high pressure off to our west nudges in briefly overnight. Much of tonight will be clear as lows drop to between the lower 40s west to the lower 50s east with light west northwest wind around 5 mph.

During the day Thursday, the cold front will dive south through the area during the day. With the front will come a few more clouds, so look for partly cloudy conditions. Winds will be rather breezy out of the north northeast at 10 to 20 mph with some gusts over 25 mph. Cooler temperatures will push in from the north. Highs will be wider ranging from the low/mid 50s north to the mid/upper 70s south. Those areas that see the cold front come through in the afternoon may see temperatures drop afterward. Going into Thursday night, the front will be clear of the area. More clouds will be on the increase through the overnight. Showers that develop in the Panhandle in the evening will spread southeastward later Thursday night into Friday morning. Rain chances will be best over western and southern portions of the area as the rain continues into Friday. With the clouds and rain, temperatures should remain warm enough to keep the precipitation liquid. In Northern Nebraska, where there still might be some clearing, lows in the low to mid 30s may lead to some areas of frost.

With the rain continuing on Friday across southern and southwestern areas, it will not be a warm day. Those area with the best chance of rain may not see high temperatures get above 50°. Those with the lower chance (mostly north and east) will still see highs into the low to mid 50s. Much of the rain will occur during the morning, but some may last through the afternoon. Friday evening, rain chances will shift south and skies will start to clear up. Frost will then become a concern for parts of the area. From around the Tri-Cities and to the south and west, lows in the mid to upper 30s should prevent frost from developing. To the north and east of the Tri-Cities, lows will dip back into the upper 20s and low to mid 30s. Some areas of frost will be possible.

Beyond the chill of Saturday morning, some very nice weather will return to the area. Skies will be mostly sunny for the weekend into early next week. High temperatures on Saturday will mostly be in the 60s across the area. High temperatures on Sunday will reach the low to mid 70s. It’ll be a little warmer yet on Monday with highs ranging from the lower 70s north to the upper 70s south. The warmest day comes Tuesday with highs in the upper 70s and lower 80s. After Tuesday, another brief cool-down comes to the area.