While the threat of freezing rain in Hastings Monday morning passed without incident, windy conditions persist.
Sustained winds of 15-25 mph are forecast to accompany temperatures in the lower 30s throughout the day, with a light dusting of snow from the west expected to arrive in the area around midnight and continue into the daytime hours Tuesday morning, said Angela Pfannkuch, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Hastings.
"At this point, we're not looking at significant accumulations — around a half inch in Hastings," Pfannkuch said. "People traveling in the morning will probably see some light snow falling, with some gusting winds around 25 mph. (Drivers) will have to keep that in mind and maybe take it a little slower and leave early."
Neither ice nor rain figure to be part of the equation with tonight's snowfall, she said.
"Here in Hastings the threat of freezing drizzle diminished south of the area," she said. "We didn't see anything here in the Tri-Cities, as the main threat ended up being more into the state line. Right now it's just straight snow in the forecast, with highs into the mid-20s."
Highs will remain on the colder side Tuesday, with temperatures into the mid-20s representing a roughly 10-degree drop from average temperatures for this time of year. Temperatures will continue to climb most of the week, reaching 30 degrees Wednesday and 40 degrees Thursday before dipping into the upper 30s Friday and returning to the 40s Saturday.
Precipitation is unlikely from Wednesday through Sunday, when chances of a light snow shower are currently 20 percent through Monday.