Cold, wind, rain, and snow all arriving Thursday

Lincoln saw its first 70° day of the year on Wednesday. However, Thursday will be a stark contrast to the warm, spring-like day we experienced not too long ago. A strong cold front is passing through on Thursday morning, which will bring big changes to the weather statewide.


Winter Storm Warnings are in effect for portions of central and northeast Nebraska through Thursday afternoon and evening. The warning area is where we expect the majority of the accumulating snow and most issues for the morning commute. Blowing snow will be a possibility in these areas, perhaps producing visibilities under one mile at times.

Winter Headlines

In southeast Nebraska, everything starts off as rain. However, we may start transitioning to a mix during the 9-11 a.m. timeframe around Lincoln (even sooner farther west). After Noon, most areas should be dealing with snow. Precipitation appears to taper off by the evening commute.

Stormcast Thursday

Snow totals will likely be highest in northeast Nebraska. I’m treating 2″-4″ as a general baseline for areas of central and northeast Nebraska, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see a few pockets of 3″+. Totals look much lighter to the south, where precipitation falls as rain initially. Lincoln may end up with snow for a limited period of time, and that would probably reduce the totals.

Snow Forecast

Even if you don’t experience much snow accumulation, you’ll still see rain at some point. We could be looking at liquid-equivalent totals up to 0.25″ by the end of the day, with perhaps some higher totals in localized pockets.

Stormcast QPF


While Wednesday was warm and windy, Thursday will be cold and windy. Winds transition out of the north behind the cold front. We’ll likely be dealing with sustained wind speeds up to 35 mph with gusts pushing 50-55 mph.

Stormcast Wind Gusts


The northerly winds will also drive much cooler air into the region. Temperatures will fall into the 30s once the front passes through your location, and that is where they remain for the rest of the day.

Hour by Hour

Factor in the wind, and wind chills may end up sitting in the upper teens to low-20s during the afternoon.

Stormcast Wind Chill

It should be quieter for St. Patrick’s Day, although a few flurries can’t be ruled out. It will remain cool, however, with highs in the 30s for the next couple of days.

Meteorologist Malcolm Byron

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