Regional Weather Summary
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AWUS83 KGID 171152

Weather Summary for Portions of the Central Plains
National Weather Service Hastings NE
651 AM CDT Fri Mar 17 2017

Looking ahead through today and the upcoming weekend...the main
themes of the weather forecast for our local area of South Central
Nebraska and North Central Kansas involve a continuation of dry
conditions and seasonably-mild temperatures...with Sunday actually
featuring downright balmy...near-record values. Focusing first on
today...thanks to the passage of a weak cold front...afternoon highs
will be a little cooler...but still ranging from the mid 60s to near
70. It will a bit breezy from the north...especially north and east
of the Tri Cities where some afternoon gusts to 25 MPH or higher
will promote near-critical fire weather conditions. On
Saturday...temperatures will be relatively similar to today...and it
will be somewhat windy again...but this time out of the south...with
afternoon gusts to around 30 MPH likely...especially west of the
Highway 281 corridor. Sundays weather then looks to be somewhat
similar to what we saw yesterday...but even warmer...with high
temperatures likely to soar into at least the low 80s across most of
the local area...and possibly even near 90 degrees in far southern
and southwest locations such as Plainville Kansas and Cambridge
Nebraska. Despite this near-record weather
concerns do not look overly-high at this time due to relatively
modest wind speeds and a little bit more humidity than we have seen
lately. Looking ahead into the longer range forecast for next
week...the biggest story is that a strong low pressure system
appears to have the potential to bring some much-needed rain...and
perhaps even some thunderstorms to the local area mainly around
Thursday. Prior to this larger system...there may also be a few
chances for lighter precipitation earlier in the work-week...mainly
in the form of rain.

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