Tuesday cold and soggy as snow sneaks into the Panhandle

I-80 Sidney exit as the Nebraska Panhandle is hit by snow (Left) and Grand Island I-80 exit onto Locust Street (Right). (Source: Nebraska 511)
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB)- It's going to be a rather soggy day Tuesday with a good chance for rain and drizzle throughout the area. Later in the day, an area of low pressure will be lifting northward out of Kansas into Nebraska.

This will bring a little bit of instability into southeastern area. This marginal instability combined with a good amount of wind shear will actually give us somewhat of a severe weather threat. The best chance will be southeast of the Tri-Cities, but there is even a very small chances farther northwest. Large hail, strong wind gusts and even isolated brief, weak tornadoes will be possible.

Meanwhile, temperature will remain quite chilly for this time of the year. Despite our average highs in the mid 70s, we'll be seeing highs ranging from the mid 40s west to the mid 50s east. The record cold maximum temperature on this day in Grand Island is 48° and Hastings is 52°. Hastings has a decent chance to break this. Grand Island may be close, but should warm just above that. East northeast winds will be blustery at 15 to 25 mph.

Tuesday evening, that low pressure will move overhead, leading to a period of lighter winds. As that low then lifts to our north, we'll develop more of a westerly wind as the speed picks back up. Meanwhile, rain chances will continue into the evening. Further into the night, rain will begin to wrap up from south to north. With some partial clearing, temperatures will drop back to between the mid 30s and mid 40s from west to east.

According to NBC Nebraska News 2, a wintry mix and some light snow accumulations is expected in the Panhandle and Winter Weather advisories and Winter Storm Warnings are in place there through the day. Some parts of western Greater Nebraska could see some of the wintry mix, but accumulation of any frozen precipitation is not expected. Still, take it easy on the roads in these areas as slick spots may exist. This round of rain (and snow) begins to wrap up overnight tonight with a lingering leftover shower possible early Wednesday.

Wednesday will be a nicer day, but the winds will still be quite breezy out of the west at 15 to 25 mph. We'll see partly to mostly sunny skies. Temperatures will warm up to between the upper 50s northwest to the lower 70s southeast. Look for mid to upper 60s for the Tri-Cities.

Thursday looks to be a day with a pretty good chance for showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening. Highs will be similar to Wednesday, if not just a few degrees cooler. Some severe weather will be possible later in the day. Similar to today, the most favored areas will be in the southeast.

Friday sees a return to mostly sunny skies, although by the end of the day, there's a slight chance for a few showers and thunderstorms for far Southeast Nebraska. Look for highs into the mid to upper 70s and lower 80s.

Warm, but not hot temperatures will stick around through the Memorial Day holiday weekend. We're looking at highs mostly in the 70s, although some 80s will be possible. Lows will mostly be in the 50s and lower 60s. Each day and night holds a chance for showers and thunderstorms. While severe weather is possible each one of those days, it is too soon to get into much more detail on how things may play out. For now, those will plans this weekend should continue to monitor the forecast and see how the weather might impact your plans.