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** PLEASE NOTE:  as of Oct. 10th, NWS Hastings WILL STILL ISSUE FREEZE WARNING/FROST ADVISORIES as needed for 20 of the 30 counties in our coverage area (including the Tri Cities), but WILL NO LONGER ISSUE WARNINGS/ADVISORIES for 10 counties in our northern/eastern coverage area that already experienced a widespread freeze on the morning of Sat. Oct. 8th. These 10 counties no longer considered "eligible" for Warnings/Advisories are: Valley, Greeley, Nance, Sherman, Howard, Merrick, Polk, York, Fillmore and Thayer. **

According to longer-term averages, most of the NWS Hastings coverage area of south central Nebraska and north central Kansas is NOW ENTERING THE 2-3 WEEK PERIOD THAT FEATURES THE AVERAGE DATE OF THE FIRST FALL HARD/KILLING FREEZE (28º or colder). 

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" (32°) have ranged anywhere from mid-September to early-November. Just last fall (2021), much of our area had one the latest hard/killing freezes (28°) on record (see below for details)!

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!

(Our official 7-day forecast is always current and available at:

  • PLEASE NOTE: This frost/freeze forecast section will not be updated again until at least Oct. 17. For anybody who finds this information useful, we apologize for the inconvenience.   
    - In the meantime, our latest official 7-day forecast (along with any active Frost Advisories/Freeze Warnings) can always be found at:

Recapping Last Fall's (2021) First Frost/Freeze: 

  • ** One of the latest first* hard freezes on record! **:  Fall 2021 featured a unique and unusual frost/freeze "season". Although most of our coverage area first reached the official frost (36°) and freeze (32°) thresholds anywhere from a few days up to around 2 weeks later than their 30-year average, the "bigger story" was that most of our area (including the Tri Cities) didn't experience its first HARD/KILLING FREEZE (28° or colder) until Nov. 12-13...roughly 3 WEEKS LATER THAN AVERAGE! In fact, for many of our official long-term stations, this was one of the Top-3 latest hard freezes on record (including at least a tie for THE LATEST on record for locations such as Kearney, Grand Island, Hastings, Geneva and Beloit KS). Only limited parts of our northern/far western coverage area experienced their first hard freeze earlier than mid-November, but even most of these areas were 1-2 weeks later than average (within the late October-early November range). 


 For more Frost/Freeze related information including an interactive tool, check out the following source:

  • MRCC Freeze Date Tool (new!)...note: this site uses a 1950-2021 dataset, so average dates vary slightly from what is presented in this story
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