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



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 is readily apparent that the phrase "average last freeze date" is quite relative, as most sites exhibit a 5-9 week range between the earliest/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. This includes the "Looking Ahead" section just below, which highlights upcoming opportunities for frost/freeze within the next 7-10 days and also gives our insight as to when we believe the last frost/freeze of spring 2022 has most likely occurred. 



Looking Ahead: ** Frost Development LIKELY Sat Night-Sun AM (May 22)!  ** 
(updated May 20)


May 21 (Fri night-Sat AM): Although low temperatures could drop into the upper 30s mainly in some far northern/western local counties, the presence of lingering cloud cover, possible light rain and slightly breezy winds means that this night/morning no longer holds much concern for frost development. 

May 22 (Sat night-Sun AM)...increasing concern for frost!): This now clearly appears to be the night of greatest concern for a possible late-season frost! Low temperatures are now expected to drop into the 33-38° range across the majority of our coverage area, which along with mostly clear skies/light winds will make at least patchy frost a good possibility! The overall-highest concern for frost development should focus mainly north of  line from Hebron-Phillipsburg (thus mainly including our Nebraska coverage area). 

- May 23 onward: Starting Sunday night-Monday AM (May 23), overnight temperatures look to bounce back up to more seasonable levels no colder than 40s-50s. Although still a bit soon to truly GUARANTEE that we are "out of the woods" at this point, (sometimes, albeit rarely, a freeze can occur as late as late May), longer range computer models currently suggest that additional frost/freeze concerns are quite unlikely this spring.



Recapping Last Spring's (2021) Final Frost/Freeze:
Spring 2021: For the majority of the NWS Hastings coverage area, the last official freeze (32º-or-colder) of spring 2021 occurred on either April 22 (fairly typical versus 30-year averages) or between May 10-12 (a little later than 30-year averages...although this freeze was fairly "marginal" and mainly only affected northern/western local counties). For the vast majority of the area (all but far northern counties such as Valley/Greeley), the last hard/killing freeze (28º-or-colder) occurred around April 21-23 (near to slightly later than 30-year averages).


 


 

 

 

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