Back to the 70°s before winter returns for end of weekend

A cold front pass through Nebraska Wednesday evening, bringing cooler temperatures to the state Thursday.  While cool, temperatures were still several degrees above normal.  The cold front that passed will pass back through the state as a warm front Friday morning.

You will know the warm front has passed when winds shift from the southeast to the south.  That will allow warmer temperatures to return to southeast Nebraska Friday.  High temperatures will return to the 70°s for the afternoon.  Winds will also gust to 35 mph, especially during the afternoon.

Warm air will remain in place for the start of the weekend.  A cold front will eventually pass through southeast Nebraska Saturday night bringing colder air Sunday.

Ahead of the cold front Saturday, light showers will develop early (pre-dawn) Saturday.  The showers should cut-off by mid-morning.  There will be a period of time where clouds depart and sunshine prevails.  This will allow temperatures to quickly rise in to the lower 70°s.

As it heats up Saturday, you might even notice a bit more humidity.  While not quite summer levels, dew point temperatures are projected to climb in to the lower and middle 50°s.

The combination of higher low-level moisture (measured by the dew point) and the cold front will allow for showers and thunderstorms to develop by mid-late afternoon Saturday.  Right now, the best chance for this appears to be along and east of a line from Lincoln to Beatrice.  Severe thunderstorms are not expected but do not be surprised to hear a rumble of thunder Saturday afternoon.

– Chief Meteorologist John Dissauer

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