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


** Barring an improbable chance of frost/freeze concerns unexpectedly popping up sometime in late May, there now appears to be a high likelihood that our entire coverage area is DONE WITH FROST/FREEZE CONCERNS for the remainder of the spring! As a result, this story is scheduled to "drop off" our website on May 20 and will not return until spring 2022. **



General Overview of Local Spring Frost/Freeze Information: 
The mid-April through early-May time frame typically features the final occurrence of freezing temperatures and/or frost of the spring season within our 30-county coverage area of south central Nebraska and north central Kansas. Based on 30-year averages, the date of the AVERAGE last spring freeze (32°-or-colder) ranges from around April 17 in far southeastern local communities (such as Beloit KS), to around April 23-30 in the Tri Cities (Grand Island/Hastings/Kearney), to around May 5th in far northern and western communities such as Greeley, Gothenburg and Cambridge. HOWEVER, after viewing 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 range between the earliest and latest last dates on record! 

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: ** Frost/Freeze Issues are ALMOST CERTAINLY OVER WITH FOR SPRING 2021! ** 
(updated May 19)

- Barring a HIGHLY improbable chance of frost/freeze concerns unexpectedly popping up sometime in late May, there is a VERY HIGH likelihood that our entire coverage area is DONE WITH FROST/FREEZE CONCERNS for the remainder of the spring! As a result, this story is scheduled to "drop off" our website on May 20 and will not return until spring 2022. **



Recapping Last Spring's (2020) Final Frost/Freeze:
Spring 2020: For the majority of the NWS Hastings coverage area, the last official freeze (32º-or-colder) of spring 2020 occurred on May 10...anywhere from 1-3 WEEKS LATER than the 30-year average depending on exact location. However, for most (not all) places this May 10th freeze was not actually a true hard/killing freeze (28º-or-colder). In fact, most sites had already gotten past their last hard freeze a few weeks before this (between April 15-18)...actually pretty close to the heart of the 30-year average. 


 


 

 

 

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