Cold Christmas morning; Monitoring weather system for next week
Skies are clear and winds are lightening around southeast Nebraska. Combine that with a little bit of snow on the ground and you’ve got a recipe for cooooold temperatures Christmas morning.
Lows will likely range from 5° to 15° around the Channel 8 viewing area. Wind chill values will be down near 0° to 8° around sunrise.
Sunny skies will prevail for Christmas day and temperatures will respond accordingly. Highs should top out in the 40°s and 50°s by mid-afternoon.
LOOKING OVER THE PACIFIC
Attention is being drawn ahead to what could be coming to close 2020. For days long range computer models have been hinting at a weather system coming off the Pacific Ocean, through the Rocky Mountains and in to the central Plains early next week.
The upper-level energy that will aid in development of the storm is located near the Aleutian Islands in far western Alaska.
The system will need to be monitored over the coming days as computer models suggest there could be a copious amount of moisture for the storm to work with.
Of note today, computer models are beginning to diverge in what type of precipitation could fall. The GFS computer model suggests that the heaviest precipitation falls as rain before switching back to snow. The European computer model suggests this system falls mainly as snow, with a period of sleet mixed in.
At this point it is nothing to be concerned about. Enjoy your holiday weekend. We will continue to keep an eye on the potential storm and update our forecast accordingly. Stay tuned!
– Chief Meteorologist John Dissauer