One more hot and windy day is ahead with big changes beginning tomorrow

October 2, 2023 Morning Forecast
One more hot and windy day is ahead with big changes beginning tomorrow.
Published: Oct. 2, 2023 at 7:42 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 2, 2023 at 8:24 AM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - We’ll see one more windy and hot day today with mostly sunny skies. Highs later today will reach the upper 80s and lower 90s across the area. Winds will be out of the south at 15 to 25 mph with some wind gusts up to around 35 mph. Later today, we’ll start to see an increase in clouds out west. By this evening, Western Nebraska may see some showers and thunderstorms. Some may even move into Central Nebraska after midnight. If there is any severe weather, the best chance will be west of highway 83 (Valentine-Thedford-North Platte-McCook). Low temperatures will mainly be in the 60s tonight with a few upper 50s out west. Winds will remain a bit breezy out of the south.

A cold front will move into western portions of the area tomorrow morning. Out ahead of the cold front, there could be a few showers and isolated thunderstorms in the morning. The chance of severe weather is fairly low. With more clouds around, temperatures won’t be nearly as warm as recent days, even ahead of the cold front. Highs will mostly be in the upper 70s and lower 80s. While there will be more clouds around, any sunshine will really help to destabilize the atmosphere, setting the stage for severe thunderstorms in the afternoon. There is a low-end chance of an isolated tornado. But the biggest threat does look to be large hail (some very large over 2″ in diameter) and severe wind gusts. There could also be some locally heavy rainfall. These will push from central to eastern areas by the end of the afternoon and into the evening. Through the evening, we’ll see clearing from west to east. By midnight, almost all of the area will be clear of the thunderstorms and the severe weather threat will be done. Skies will partially clear up Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. It’ll be a cooler morning with lows from the mid 40s west to the mid 50s east.

The rest of the forecast through this weekend looks to be dry. The one question mark would come late Thursday night into Friday as a second cold front pushes south through the area. At this point, I don’t see enough evidence to include a rain chance, but it’ll be worth watching. Before that front comes through, temperatures will be cooler, but seasonably mild. Highs on Wednesday will range from the mid 60s north to the mid 70s south. On Thursday, they’ll range from the lower 60s north to the lower 70s south. Both days will be on the breezy side. Lows Wednesday night will be back down in the mid to upper 40s and lower 50s. With the next cold front pushing through Thursday night, lows Friday morning will be down between the mid 30s northwest to the mid 40s southeast. There may be some patchy frost in for northwestern parts of our area.

Behind the next Canadian cold front, Friday will be a much cooler day. Highs will range from the lower 50s north to the lower 60s southwest. As high pressure settles over the area Friday night, clear skies and lighter winds will lead to the coldest night of the fall so far. Low temperatures Saturday morning will dip down into the low to mid 30s. Temperatures could be dip below freezing in northern and western portions of the Local4 viewing area. No true hard freeze is expected. Expect some frost conditions for much of the area to begin our Saturday. There will be plenty of sunshine Saturday to get our highs into the upper 50s and low to mid 60s in the afternoon. It’ll end up being a pretty nice day. Saturday night, lows will dip back down into the mid to upper 30s and lower 40s. It’ll warm up a bit more on Sunday with a very nice day anticipated. Highs will reach the upper 60s and low to mid 70s. Warmer temperatures are then anticipated into early next week as they get back above average.