Today will be by far the best day we’ve seen for a while, but tomorrow will be a pretty bad day

HASTINGS, Neb. (Nebraska) – Although a bit windy today, temperatures will rise well above average. We will see some medium to high altitude morning clouds which will clear up in the afternoon. Southern winds will be lighter in the west between 5 and 15 mph, but eastern areas will see winds of 15 to 30 mph with gusts up to 40 mph in the afternoon. Temperatures will rise into the 60s with some low/mid 70s in the Southwest. Winds will remain fairly breezy overnight and temperatures will remain mild into the evening ahead of an approaching cold front from the northwest. It will pass through the far north and west areas by midnight. By dawn tomorrow morning, it should pass through all areas except the extreme southeast. As the winds move from the north behind the cold front, they will get quite strong. Also along and behind the front, it will start to rain. As the temperature drops behind the front, the rain will turn to snow with possibly a period of sleet as well. The other concern will be areas of sudden freezing rain as the temperature drops below freezing. Meanwhile, as the rain turns to snow, blowing snow will cause visibility restrictions. Conditions are likely to worsen as you move northeast as the heaviest snow is expected in those areas. The snow will push west to east during the day and fall west to east in the afternoon. By the end of the afternoon, most, if not all, of the snow should be out of Local4’s viewing area. Ultimately, the highest snow totals are expected in the northeastern areas where 3 to 7 inches of snow could fall. Our North Central viewers will see 2 to 4+ inches. The totals should decrease from there as you go south and southwest. Around the Tri-Cities, I’m currently projecting 0 to 2 inches of snow with an outside possibility of a little more. As for temperatures, around dawn on Thursday, they will be around 20 degrees in the north and west, but still in the 40s to almost 50 degrees in the southeast. The Tri-Cities should be somewhere in the mid to mid 30’s. Most will see a drop in temperatures during the morning with a slight recovery in the afternoon. By about 5pm, it will be 20 to 30 degrees (warmer in the southwest). Winds will be strong NW between 25 and 40 mph with gusts between 45 and 55 mph in the afternoon.

Skies will clear Thursday night as lows drop into the lower 10s and lower 20s. Winds will remain blustery NW between 15 and 30+ mph and some gusts will occasionally exceed 40 mph. On Friday during the day it will be partly to mostly sunny with some clouds. We will also have to watch to see if any snow drifts into northern Nebraska. Friday’s highs will range from the 20s in the northeast to the mid 40s in the south. Winds will still be strong from the NW between 15 and 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph.

A reinforcing blast of cooler air pushes south on Saturday. Highs will range from the upper 10s in the Northeast to the mid-30s in the Southwest. The winds will still be breezy, making it feel much colder. We will see a little improvement on Sunday as the highs return into the 30s and the winds should be so strong. Temperatures will start to recover somewhat early next week, returning to the 40s on Monday and Tuesday. But skies will remain mostly cloudy and some light snow and rain will be possible. It should get slightly warmer towards the middle of next week, but nothing as hot as today is coming soon. There are signs of colder air on the way for the latter parts of March.

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