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** PLEASE NOTE:  As of Oct. 17: NWS Hastings will NO LONGER ISSUE Frost Advisories this fall, as nearly the entire coverage area has observed frost and/or marginally-freezing temperatures at least once already. However, we WILL CONTINUE ISSUING Freeze Warnings for the majority of our coverage area until a hard/killing freeze of 28º-or-colder occurs (the exception to this plan includes the following 6 counties, where Freeze Warnings will no longer be issued given that freezing temps have already occurred at least 1-2 times this fall: Valley/Greeley/Nance/Sherman/Howard/Dawson). **

According to longer-term averages, the NWS Hastings coverage area of south central Nebraska and north central Kansas is WELL WITHIN THAT PART OF THE FALL SEASON THAT TYPICALLY FEATURES THE FIRST HARD/KILLING FREEZE. 

Of course, as outlined extensively in the data presented below, the first fall frost/freeze dates can vary tremendously from one year to the next, and just within the past 30 years, "first freezes" have ranged anywhere from mid-September to early-November. Last year in 2019, most of our coverage area had its first true fall freeze on Oct.11/12. 

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 within the next 7-10 days 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!

Looking Ahead: ** Fall 2020 Potential-For-Freeze Forecast ** (valid through Oct. 27):

For those areas yet to see one, a true HARD/KILLING FREEZE is LIKELY Fri Night/Sat AM (Oct. 23-24).  

  • Oct. 23-24 (late Fri night/Sat AM): For those areas that happened to "escape" a true hard/killing freeze Friday morning, one is ALMOST GUARANTEED TO OCCUR by Saturday morning, as low temperatures across most of our area are forecast to drop as cold as 20-26°. As a result, this latest Freeze Warning will almost certainly be the last one issued this season, as the growing season will officially end! 

NOTE: Due to at least a few instances of more widespread freezing temperatures over the past several weeks, NWS Hastings has already discontinued Freeze Warnings for the following 6 counties in the far northern/west-central coverage area: Valley/Greeley/Nance/Sherman/Howard/Dawson. 

Looking Back to Last Fall (2019): 

  • Overall, the first freeze/hard freeze of Fall 2019 was fairly typical and "on schedule", and did not deviate far from 30-year averages. For the majority of the area, the first widespread hard/killing freeze of the season occurred Oct. 11 and/or 12th, with low temps commonly mid-upper 20s (interestingly, this was about the exact same date that most places had their first fall freeze in 2018). While most of our coverage area had the first hard freeze on the 11th/12th, some northern/western locations (such as Greeley/Gothenburg/Cambridge) actually dropped near-to-slightly-below-freezing a few mornings prior (Oct. 7th). 
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