Outside of a couple of mild days, winter desperately tries to hang on

March 13, 2023 Morning Forecast
Outside of a couple of mild days, winter desperately tries to hang on.
Published: Mar. 13, 2023 at 8:09 AM CDT|Updated: Mar. 13, 2023 at 9:08 AM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - More clouds than expected are hanging over much of the area this morning. As the day goes on, there should be more clearing as the day goes on, but some will see a few clouds linger for much of the day. WInds are a bit breezy out of the north over eastern areas this morning. In the west they are lighter. The lighter winds will shift eastward later today and winds out west will begin to pick up a little out of the south later today. Temperatures later today will remain chilly with highs ranging from the upper 20s northeast to the lower 40s southwest. There will be some clearing overnight, but a few more clouds may move in tomorrow morning. Winds will be increasing overnight out of the south southeast. They’ll be up around 10 to 20 mph with some gusts approaching 30 mph. Lows will mostly be in the low to mid 20s.

Much milder air will move in for a couple of days, but will come with some strong winds. On Tuesday, winds will be out of the south at 15 to 30 mph with gusts potentially up to 40 mph. It will be a mainly sunny day after a few early clouds. Highs will range from around 50° northeast to the lower 60s southwest. Winds will remain strong out of the south Tuesday night and temperatures won’t be as cold with lows in the 30s. Wednesday will be the best weather day we see for awhile, despite strong south southwest winds of 15 to 25 mph with gusts at times over 30 mph. High temperatures on Wednesday will range from the lower 60s northeast to the lower 70s southwest.

A cold front will come crashing through late Wednesday night into Thursday morning. It’ll still be mild Wednesday evening, but things will change once the front comes through. Behind the front will come dropping temperatures and strong northerly winds. The high on Thursday will likely be extremely early in the morning (just after midnight). Moisture will also move in from the northwest. The initial moisture will be rain, but as the temperature drops, it’ll transition to snow. What still remains up in the air is the intensity of the snow and how far southeast does it get. Depending on how intense the snow gets, blizzard conditions will be possible for some areas as winds could gust up to around 45 mph. The snow is expected to last into Thursday night before lifting off to the northeast either late Thursday night or early Friday morning.

Friday will still be a chilly and windy day with highs in the 30s. The 30s will be sticking around over the weekend, but the winds won’t be as strong. Winds will still be breezy on Saturday. Temperatures will come up a little next week, but there are no signs of much mild air coming any time soon. There could be more moisture next week.