Big drop coming Wednesday

It was a fantastic day around southeast Nebraska Tuesday.  That is if you like warm weather.  Temperatures topped out in the upper 50°s to middle 60°s.  Hastings even set a new record reaching 66° – the old record was 65°.  Lincoln managed to make it to 61° during the afternoon.

Changes are coming Wednesday morning.  A cold front moved through southeast Nebraska Tuesday evening.  Behind the front, winds have shifted out of the north.  Cold air is lagging several hundred miles behind the front, but you’ll notice the cold air arriving during the pre-dawn hours Wednesday.

Winds will begin to increase overnight, gusting at times 20-25 mph.  Along with dropping temperatures, wind chills will fall to as much as -6° by 8 a.m. Wednesday.  The air temperature will drop to 10° to 15°.  The lows will likely occur between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Throughout the day it won’t get much better.  High temperatures will only be in the upper teens to lower 20°s.  Northerly winds 10-20 mph with gusts to 25 mph will keep the wind chill in the single digits all day.

Clear skies Wednesday night will send the temperature plummeting by sunrise Thursday.  The air temperature will drop to -8° to 0°.  Wind chills will be -15° to -3°.

– Chief Meteorologist John Dissauer

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