Warm one day, snow the next...March madness

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Published: Mar. 14, 2023 at 8:27 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - March, it’s a fickle month.....as we will see over the next 48 hours. On Wednesday we’ll go from cargo shorts and sunglasses to Parkas and snow shovels. Breezy south winds will continue into Wednesday, with some morning clouds deferring to sunshine by the afternoon, propelling temperatures into the 60s and 70s.

Warm and breezy.
Warm and breezy.(KSNB)

But as we’re delighting in spring-like weather, there will be an approaching storm gathering strength in the Rockies. A surface low will develop east of the mountains and track across Northern Kansas through the day on Thursday. Clouds will increase Wednesday night and by Thursday morning, rain showers will develop in southern Nebraska, northern Kansas late Wednesday night into early Thursday. As the storm moves east, cold air will be drawn into it, changing the rain to snow and causing temperatures to fall throughout the day.

Falling temperatures, rain to snow and 50 mph wind gusts.
Falling temperatures, rain to snow and 50 mph wind gusts.(KSNB)

As the front moves through, cold north winds will strengthen, gusting up to 50 mph, causing blowing snow and reducing visibility. There will likely be some accumulating snow but to what degree is tied to how quickly the transition from rain to snow occurs, which is yet to be worked out. We should have a better sense of that on Wednesday.

Gusts to 50 mph
Gusts to 50 mph(KSNB)

The remainder of the week will be cooler with a series of disturbances bringing chances of precipitation, especially Monday night into Tuesday.

Next 7 days.
Next 7 days.(KSNB)