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** PLEASE NOTE: NWS Hastings WILL ISSUE official Freeze Warnings/Frost Advisories (as needed) the rest of the Spring **

General Overview of Local Spring Frost/Freeze Information: 
The mid-April through early-May time frame typically features the last occurrence of freezing temperatures and/or frost in South Central Nebraska and North Central Kansas for the spring season...(Click HERE for a map of the 30-county NWS Hastings Area). Based on 30-year averages, the date of the average last spring freeze (32°-or-colder) ranges from around April 18th in far southeast local communities such as Beloit KS, to around April 23-30 in the Tri Cities (Grand Island/Hastings/Kearney), and around May 5th in far northern and western communities such as Greeley, Gothenburg and Cambridge. HOWEVER, after seeing the maps and tables contained in this story, it should be readily apparent that the phrase "average last freeze date" is quite relative, as most sites exhibit a 6-9 week difference between the earliest and last dates! 

Please refer to the wealth of information within the tabs below (including tables and maps of average last frost/freeze/hard freeze dates) to "stay on top" of the frost/freeze situation across the local area this spring. 

Looking Ahead: Has The Last Spring 2018 Frost/Freeze Already Occurred?
(updated May 17)

THE SHORTER TERM (next 7 days through May 24): At this time, there are NO risks for frost/freezing temperatures anywhere in our local area. 

THE LONGER TERM (beyond the next week): Now that we are into the latter half of May and there are still no hints of sub-freezing temperatures in sight through AT LEAST the next 7 days, our confidence is increasing that we are most likely "in the clear". Based on the wealth of historical averages/extremes data found in this story, sub-freezing conditions are VERY RARE within our coverage area during the latter one-third of May, and have NEVER OCCURRED IN JUNE. At this point, we are declaring with roughly "95% confidence" that frost/freeze issues will not be a concern going forward this spring, and this particular story will be "dropped" from the top of our web page in a few days. 

Recapping Last Spring's (2017) Final Frost/Freeze:

- Spring 2017: For the vast majority of the NWS Hastings coverage area, the last freeze of spring 2017 occurred near-to-slightly later than the 30-year average (see table below). More specifically, most places observed their last freeze and/or hard freeze during the April 27-May 1 time frame. More remarkably, many places (especially within the northern and western fringes of the local area) also received very late-season SNOW during this period as well (click here for a separate story about this snow storm)!  As for frost potential, some places reported readings as low as 33-36º as late as May 21-24. Overall though, there were no major horticultural/agricultural impacts associated with any slightly-later-than-average frost/freeze conditions during spring 2017. 





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