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Tuesday Forecast: A Blustery Start to Winter

Published: Nov. 30, 2020 at 1:09 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 1, 2020 at 12:47 PM CST
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - Tuesday marks the beginning of December and with it the start of the meteorological winter season. Climatologically, this is the coldest three month stretch we’ll see out of the calendar year. Average high temperatures in North Platte, after falling almost 40° during the fall season, will stay relatively flat over the coming months in the upper 30s to lower and middle 40s.

Average highs over the next three months will range from the upper 30s to upper 40s in North...
Average highs over the next three months will range from the upper 30s to upper 40s in North Platte.(KNOP)

As we start December, we should do it with seasonally mild temperatures in the mid to upper 40s to near 50° - a bit cooler than Monday when we had highs in the lower to middle 50s across the area.

We should start off meteorological winter with fall-like temperatures in the mid to upper 40s...
We should start off meteorological winter with fall-like temperatures in the mid to upper 40s for most of the area.(KNOP)

As an upper level trough swings into the area from the west, we should see increasing clouds through the day on Tuesday with skies eventually becoming mostly cloudy by Tuesday evening and through the day on Wednesday. Winds will be strong, turning to the north and northwest at 15 to 30 MPH with gusts up to 40 MPH possible in the afternoon. While temperatures will reach the 40s to near 50°, these strong north winds will likely yield wind chills into the 20s and 30s by Tuesday afternoon.

Into Wednesday, colder temperatures are expected with a small chance for some light snow showers across western Nebraska. Temperatures will retreat back to the lower and middle 30s across the area by Wednesday afternoon with a blustery north wind at 15 to 25 MPH making it feel even colder.

Colder, cloudy weather is expected on Wednesday with highs in the upper 20s to lower and middle...
Colder, cloudy weather is expected on Wednesday with highs in the upper 20s to lower and middle 30s.(KNOP)

Some light snow will be possible through the day on Wednesday, but any snowfall amounts are expected to be light and under 1″.

Thursday should be mainly dry with more sunshine, but will stay cold with highs only in the 30s again for western Nebraska. Warmer weather with more sunshine is then on tap for Friday and into the upcoming weekend with highs returning to the upper 40s and lower 50s with dry weather expected.

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