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** PLEASE NOTE: NWS HASTINGS WILL NO LONGER ISSUE FREEZE WARNINGS/FROST ADVISORIES THIS FALL FOR OUR 24 NEBRASKA COUNTIES, BUT WILL STILL ISSUE IF NECESSARY FOR OUR 6 KANSAS COUNTIES **
 



According to longer-term (30-year) averages, the entire NWS Hastings coverage area of south central Nebraska and north central Kansas IS NOW PAST THE AVERAGE DATE OF THE FIRST FALL FREEZE! Of course, as outlined extensively in the data presented below, the first fall freeze dates can vary tremendously from one year to the next, and just within the past 30 years have ranged anywhere from mid-September to early-November. Last year in 2016, many places had an unusually-late hard/killing freeze of 28°-or-colder (see details below).

Please refer to the wealth of information within the tabs below (including tables and maps of average frost/freeze/hard freeze dates) to "stay on top" of the frost/freeze situation across the local area this fall. This includes the "Looking Ahead" section just below, as it will highlight any nights during the upcoming week that appear to hold frost/freeze potential (if any). Finally, check out the last tab for a glance back at the RECORD EARLIEST frost/freeze that parts of our area experienced on Sep. 3, 1974 (no, that date is not a typo)!



Looking Ahead: Fall 2017 Potential For Frost/Freeze Forecast   (Valid Oct. 20 - 26)...

** PLEASE NOTE: THANKS MAINLY TO WIDESPREAD FROST/SUB-FREEZING TEMPS ON OCT. 11, NWS HASTINGS WILL NO LONGER ISSUE FREEZE WARNINGS/FROST ADVISORIES THIS FALL FOR OUR 24 NEBRASKA COUNTIES, BUT WILL STILL ISSUE IF NECESSARY FOR OUR 6 KANSAS COUNTIES **

During the next week, there are mainly 2 late nights/early mornings that appear to be the "best candidates" to get cold enough to support frost and/or slightly sub-freezing temperatures in portions of our coverage area. However, neither of these currently look like a truly widespread hard/killing freeze of 28-degrees-or colder for most places: 
1) late Saturday night/early Sunday morning (Oct. 22)
2) late Tuesday night/Wednesday morning (Oct. 25)

 




Recapping Frost/Freeze Earlier This Fall...

- Oct. 11: This morning featured the first widespread frost and/or sub-freezing temperatures of the fall within our coverage area. Generally speaking, low temperatures ranged from 26-30º near and north of Interstate 80...to 28-34º near and south of Interstate 80 (including north central Kansas). Of course, as is always the case, there were localized warmer/colder exceptions. Overall though, this was a very "normal" first freeze date for the majority of the area. Focusing solely on the definition of a "hard freeze" (28º-or-colder), again this was most focused near/north of Interstate 80, with only localized pockets to the south of there technically getting this cold. 
 


 

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