After a great start to the week, some moderate humidity will soon arrive

HASTINGS, Neb. (Nebraska) – Today we will enjoy a beautiful day in the area with lots of sunshine. For many it will be the mildest day since the end of December. The only downside will be the surging southerly winds this afternoon which will pick up to about 10-20 mph with gusts up to 30 mph. The other downside for those living in the northern and western parts of the area continues to be the extra snow cover which keeps things cooler than those in the south and east. Highs will range from the mid/upper 40s in the North/West to the upper/lower 50s to 60s in the South and East. The abundant sunshine should help melt much more snow today.

This evening we will see increasing clouds from the southwest. While there may be some spray or light rain before midnight, it’s more likely to move on after midnight. The winds will remain blown from the south southeast overnight which will keep the temperatures high. Lows will range from the lower 30s in the NW to the low 40s/mid SE. Rain showers will be quite heavy on Tuesday over much of the area. The exception will be the Far West and Northwest, where the odds will be much lower. During the day, a cold front will dive southeastward, displacing southerly winds more northwestern. This could lead to a slight drop in temperatures in the afternoon. So at the back of those showers, we might see some snowing. In some of our western and northern communities it will be possible to accumulate snow up to about an inch. Meanwhile, parts of east-central Nebraska could receive more than 0.50 inch of rain. There may be some that get up to an inch of rain in eastern Nebraska. Along with the rain, parts of eastern Nebraska may experience lightning and thunder. This moisture will lift from the northeast and out of the area Tuesday evening. Winds will remain fairly strong northerly at 15-30 mph with gusts up to 40 mph. This will lead to cooler temperatures overnight with lows in the upper 10s in the north to around 30s in the southeast.

Another storm system will bring us the next chance for precipitation. It will move southwest Wednesday afternoon and continue through Wednesday night. Snow will favor areas in the southern half of the Local4 viewing area with more limited snowfall in the northern half of the Local4 viewing area. In fact, those areas will pick up little to no snow accumulation. But as you get closer to and then south of Interstate 80, the totals should go up. There has been a southward trend with heavier snow with some of the latest forecasting models. Currently, 1 to 4 inches seems like a good start for the forecast, but there’s still a chance it’s approaching 5 or 6 inches in our far southeast counties. Adding to the snow problem will be blustery northerly winds with gusts up to 40 mph. This could cause some drift issues and poor visibility for those picking up several inches of snow. Most of the snow will be gone by dawn Thursday, although some may linger for the first few hours of daylight. Both Wednesday and Thursday will be colder days. Highs on Wednesday will range from the lower 20s in the northwest to the lower 30s in the southeast. Thursday’s highs will range from the 20s in the east to the mid 30s in the west. The lows on both Wednesday night and Thursday night will drop into the 10s, but there will likely be some single digits.

The sun returns on Friday and begins to warm up. The highs will range from 30° east to 40° west. Saturday’s highs will be characterized by a widespread 40 degrees, but skies will be partly or mostly overcast. Sunday looks a little milder with highs in the mid 40’s in the north to the mid 50’s in the south. There should be a little more sun on Sunday. There could be another warmer day on Monday before the next round of precipitation and a drop in temperatures Tuesday through Wednesday next week.

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