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AWUS83 KGID 181152

Weather Summary for Portions of the Central Plains
National Weather Service Hastings NE
552 AM CST Thu Jan 18 2018

For south central Nebraska and north central Kansas...there remain
two stories to focus on in the latest seven-day forecast. The first
one involves a stretch of seasonably-mild and dry weather taking
center stage today through Saturday. Even those still-snow-covered
locations that struggled to reach the low 30s yesterday...should
warm well-above freezing today...with highs ranging from around 45
degrees in places such as Grand Island and York...up to around 55
degrees in communities such as Cambridge Nebraska and Stockton
Kansas. The warmth peaks tomorrow...with widespread 50s across the
entire area...and likely some low 60s in various counties primarily
west of the Highway 281 corridor. On Saturday...some slightly cooler
air will filter in from the north...but readings will still reach
the 40s. Keeping with temperatures...colder weather will return from
Sunday into next week...but not nearly as cold as what we have
experienced lately. Turning to the second big many of you
likely have heard by now...there is a potential winter storm on the
horizon that will probably bring at least a little accumulating snow
to much of our local area...along with strong northwest winds.
Confidence is fairly high that whatever happens with this storm will
mainly occur between Sunday morning and Monday morning...but exactly
WHAT this storm has in store is still somewhat in question...given
it is still a good 3 to 4 days away. Forecast details will surely
come into better focus as we head into the weekend...but we are
still a day or two away from having a more confident handle on exact
snow accumulation potential. For not count on this storm
being a truly major snow-maker for our entire local area...but even
modest amounts of snow could blow and drift given the likelihood of
strong northwest winds. In addition...there is also the possibility
of freezing drizzle on Sunday before any snow begins. Most
importantly...if you have travel plans between Sunday and
Monday...please stay up to date with the latest forecasts.

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