Brutal wind chills overnight, with more snow expected west
Lincoln saw light snow through Saturday, but most of the accumulations were in northern Nebraska. Snow showers are likely to continue into the early morning hours of Sunday, so final totals are not yet clear. As of Saturday afternoon, some of the more impressive snow reports came from Burton (13″), O’Neill (8″), Ainsworth (8″) and Bloomfield (7.9″).
Light snow will end by Saturday night, with most left with bone-chilling cold temperatures overnight. Then by Sunday afternoon and evening, we are left with more cloud cover and windy conditions.
A Wind Chill Advisory goes into effect Saturday evening for most of Nebraska. Wind chills are expected to drop 20 to 30° below zero by Sunday morning. Even in southeast Nebraska, the few counties not under an advisory, wind chills will be on the order of -10 to -15°F.
Frostbite in these conditions can happen in as little as 30 minutes. With most of these areas having some slick spots and blowing snow, north and central Nebraska could still see impacts if you’re out and about on Sunday.
The “warmest” part of the day likely won’t feel above zero. Wind chills put it in perspective: it’s going to be a cold day Sunday! Winds will make sure of that with gusts of around 20-30 mph throughout the day.
Snow isn’t quite over yet for those especially in western Nebraska. Another few inches are possible looking at some models through late Sunday night/start of Monday. Southwest Nebraska could see more too, but everywhere else this round is about over.
High pressure settles in for a majority of next week, including the first few days of February. Because of this, we will warm up especially by the end of next week with a lot more sunshine in store! But for now, stay bundled up for the rest of the weekend and the first part of next week.
Meteorologist Jessica Blum