Brief return to winter; Watching potential storm next week

A slap of reality being delivered from Mother Nature for the start of the weekend.  It will remain “winter-like” for Saturday and Sunday before warmer air returns next week.

A range of temperatures, east to west, from near 30° in Omaha to 40° in Kearney Saturday afternoon.  Lincoln should top out in the lower 30°s.  Winds will not be as strong as Friday, sustained 5-10 mph, eventually shifting out of the southwest.

A quick moving weather system will slide through Nebraska Saturday in to Sunday morning.  The system will keep temperatures from bottoming out Sunday morning.  Sunday morning should have temperatures in the middle teens.

The quick moving system will bring a reinforcing shot of cooler air to the state.  This will keep temperatures in the 30°s Sunday afternoon.  Again, it will be warmer in Grand Island, Hastings, and Kearney compared to Lincoln.

NEXT WEEK POTENTIAL STORM

Long range computer models are hinting at an area of low pressure moving in to the Plains out of the southwest United States.  There are many questions remaining with the storm.  Most importantly, where it enters the Plains.  Some data suggests it is further north, which would bring a better chance for accumulating snows to southeast Nebraska.  Some data suggests it remains further south, which would bring rain to snow to southeast Nebraska, but just a glancing blow.

At this distance I’m of the thought that it could miss southeast Nebraska all together.  That is why it is important to keep up with the forecast through the weekend and early next week.  We’ll be monitoring the latest trends and adjust the forecast as needed.  So as I like to say, “Stay tuned!”

– Chief Meteorologist John Dissauer

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