HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) – Today was a much nicer day compared to the last few days. Under sunny skies, we saw highs mostly in the upper mid-40s over the entire area. Mild weather continues this afternoon and into the night as we have a high pressure overload. Expect mostly clear skies with light southerly winds between calm and 6 mph with lows tonight in the upper teens in the low 20s. Tomorrow will be another fairly nice day with mostly sunny skies. Winds will be slightly breezier at 10 to 25 mph from the south southeast. The highs to end the weekend will range from the mid 40s northeast to the mid 50s southwest.
The weather will turn more interesting early next week as a powerful storm system moves in from the southwest. First things first, this storm system will have more of an impact than what we saw yesterday. It will have more wind than what we saw yesterday. In the front of this system on Monday and Monday night temperatures will be quite mild. With low humidity rising to the north in the area, it’s going to feel a bit humid…at least by December standards. Temperatures will climb into the 50s for most despite some clouds. It could reach 60° in north central Kansas. To the northwest of us, it will already be much colder. Eventually, showers and thunderstorms will attempt to develop over central and eastern Nebraska sometime during the afternoon or early evening. While it’s still a little early to go into details, severe storms should remain in our south, but with the magnitude of this storm system, the severe threat could possibly move further north over time. It’s something we’ll have to monitor as we get closer. Meanwhile, snow (which could be quite heavy) will develop late overnight and into Tuesday morning over far western Nebraska on the cold side of this system. On Tuesday and into Tuesday night, rain and thunderstorms will pick up to the northeast, while some snow will begin to move to the east. But with the entire low pressure system rising northeast across Nebraska, dry air will move in from the southwest. This will keep most of the heavy snow to the west and then to the north Tuesday through Wednesday. That being said, there could be some lighter wraparound snow on Wednesday and possibly Wednesday night. So, as it is, expect a better chance to pack more snow as you move northwest into our viewing area. If anything, there’s a chance that a lot of our area, especially the north and east, could pick up some really beneficial moisture. What also seems pretty certain is that the cooler air will probably be coming in through the rear of this system. That cooler air is likely to stay strong in our area through the end of next week and possibly into next weekend.
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