NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - As high pressure builds in, wind speeds will drop off to supplement the clearing skies which will sending temperatures plummeting. Areas of Western Nebraska may see the first frost of the year Thursday morning, with regions in the northwest Sandhills and Nebraska Panhandle dropping into the mid to upper 20s bringing the first freeze of the year.
A Frost Advisory and Freeze Watch have been issued accordingly for these areas. Be sure to protect and sensitive vegetation and crops as well as tending to livestock and outdoor plumbing.
Even with a chilly beginning, Thursday's temps will rally into the lower 60s under a mostly sunny sky. Rain clouds build back in on Friday, with rain likely by evening and overnight. Beyond this, it appears we'll string together multiple days of sunny, dry weather.
WEDNESDAY: Morning showers are likely, as are areas of patchy fog, then decreasing cloudiness through the afternoon. Continued cool. Highs in the low to mid 50s. North winds of 5 to 10 mph.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear and unseasonably chilly. Areas of frost possible late. Frost advisory in effect from 3 am - 9 am. Lows in the mid 30s. Light north winds.
THURSDAY: Patchy morning frost, otherwise mostly sunny, calm, dry, and a bit warmer. Highs in the low to mid 60s. Light winds becoming southeast 5 to 10 mph.
FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy. A 20% chance for morning showers Highs in the lower 60s. 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms Friday evening becoming more scattered overnight. Breezy south winds gusting to 30 MPH at times.