Brian Neben

According to the National Weather Service in Hastings the last days of February and the start of March will be bitter cold, with temperatures well below normal. The thick deck of stratus clouds which moved in Monday morning will likely persist throughout the work week and cut off most sunshine.

Thankfully there are no big storm systems on the horizon, but given the temperatures and cloud deck, flurries and light snow are possible. There will be some moderation in temperature on Wednesday, but only enough to keep the area from hitting near record lows again like was seen on Monday in some parts of Central Nebraska. Grand Island saw -7 degrees on Monday and the record low is -9 degrees.

Thursday should be the relatively nicest day of the week just ahead of a new cold front. The NWS forecast discussion said, “We should only be 20 degrees below normal,” after the cold front. The area’s normal temperatures around this time are in the mid-40s and the temperature will be in the middle 20s. We may be able to see a break in the stratus deck on Thursday for a little sunshine, but there are no guarantees.

Friday brings the next chances for snow accumulation due to a winter storm system. At the moment the most accumulation looks to take place north and east of the forecast area, but the NWS warning area could see light snow. The passage of this system will bring a new cold front with higher wind speeds than usual. Friday could see high temperatures early in the day, with the arrival of the cold front heralded by bitter cold north winds and falling temperatures.

Saturday and Sunday see much of the same conditions the work week saw, below normal temperatures, possibility of light snow, generally not very pleasant.

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