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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 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 HARD FREEZE (28º-or-colder)! 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.

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. 26 - 29)...

For those areas still awaiting the first "true freeze" of the fall, you won't have to wait much longer! There are at least 3 consecutive nights coming up with sub-freezing temperatures in the forecast:

Late Thursday night/Friday AM (Oct. 27): Low temperatures are forecast to bottom out between 27-31º in most areas, resulting in at least slightly-sub freezing temperatures, but not necessarily a true, hard/killing freeze. A Freeze Warning will probably be issued for our 6 north central Kansas counties at a later time if current forecast trends hold. If a widespread freeze does in fact occur, this will probably be the last Freeze Warning issued by NWS Hastings during Fall 2017. 

Late Friday night/Saturday AM (Oct. 28): For those areas that do not see a true hard freeze on Friday morning, then Saturday morning will almost surely provide one, as low temperatures are forecast to bottom out between 19-25° in most areas. If it hasn't ended already in your area, readings this cold should effectively END THE 2017 GROWING SEASON once and for all

- Late Saturday night/Sunday AM: (Oct. 29): This night appears to feature yet another hard freeze, with widespread lows between 23-27° in most local counties. 

 




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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