Regional Weather Summary
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Weather Summary for Portions of the Central Plains
National Weather Service Hastings NE
522 AM CST Tue Jan 16 2018

Looking over the seven-day forecast for south central Nebraska and
north central Kansas...there are three main stories to focus
on...including one last very cold day...a pretty impressive
warm-up...and then the POSSIBILITY...repeat possibility...of a
winter storm arriving around the Sunday time frame. Focusing on
these three weather highlights in more detail...and starting with
the first 24 more very cold day is in store for our
Tuesday. Those venturing out this morning will be greeted by frigid
northwest breezes...resulting in dangerous wind chill values ranging
from -15 to -25 degrees in most areas. As a result...a combination
of Wind Chill Warnings and Advisories remain in effect through Noon.
This afternoon...actual temperatures will only climb between 9 and
15 degrees in most spots. Tonight will be another cold one...but
wind chills should remain slightly above Advisory criteria.
Then...the big story the rest of the work-week will be a
steady...and rather impressive warm-up. Temperatures Wednesday will
jump about 20 degrees higher than today...with most areas into the
30s. Then...the January thaw really gets going Thursday into
Friday...with readings climbing well into the 40s and 50s.
Especially western portions of the region could even make a run at
60. Not surprisingly...these very mild readings will not last
forever...with a cool-down expected this weekend...albeit not nearly
as cold as our current regime. However...the bigger story this
weekend is a possible winter storm that could bring accumulating
snow and strong winds to the region between Saturday night and
Sunday night. However...because this weather system is still several
days away...there is still considerable uncertainty in its exact
track and intensity...and it is certainly too early to start pinning
down snow amounts. So for now...just keep in mind that a return to
wintry precipitation is possible this weekend...and stay tuned for
more details as it gets closer.

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