Gradual warmup continues through start of next week

Published: Feb. 17, 2021 at 9:15 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 18, 2021 at 12:17 PM CST
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - Wednesday it was the teens, Thursday the 20s-- Incrementally we are trying to claw our way back the freezing mark by the weekend and to start melting off some of this snow pack. Thursday will begin with some morning clouds and perhaps a few flurries but as high pressure drifts south a few breaks in the clouds may give us a few peaks of sunshine. It will be tough to see any appreciable warm up with light winds in place early, but west winds in the afternoon may help some....perhaps spurring our temperatures over the 20 degree threshold.

Clouds should thin enough in the afternoon allowing temps into the mid 20s.
Clouds should thin enough in the afternoon allowing temps into the mid 20s.(KNOP)

Pacific air is expected to make a push in the area late day Friday inching us closer to the freezing mark with mid-30s on the table for the weekend, assuming we can get the skies to clear but there may be some residual moisture making that a struggle. A mid level disturbance emerging out of Colorado introduces some minor snow chances Saturday evening but it doesn’t appear there will be much accumulation. An upper level ridge will build in next week providing west winds that should push temperatures into the 40s, eating away at the regions snow pack.

Much warmer air in store to finish February.
Much warmer air in store to finish February.(KNOP WEATHER STORY 2-15-2021)

We remain mosly sunny to start the next workweek with highs rising from the upper 40s to the lower 50s. That will put us 40-50 degrees warmer next week than it has been this week. There will be a slight cool down on Wednesday with an increase in clouds and highs back in the lower 40s.

Much warmer next week.
Much warmer next week.(KNOP PRONOUNCED WARMUP 2-18-2021)

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