Colder Tuesday, but conditions worsen Wednesday

As the “quiet before the storm”, Tuesday will still be very cold. However, a lot of sunshine and some clouds will be mixing into our day with high temperatures barely making it into the mid to upper teens. As of Tuesday morning, temperatures were barely above zero, but wind chills were already 10-15° below zero.

As you prepare for what’s next, today will be a great day to last-minute shop for Christmas if you still have things to get on your list and check your travel plans with the timing of our next system.


Winter Weather Watch

For the rest of the week, winter weather headlines start to go in effect by Wednesday including a Winter Storm Watch. Most of the state is under the watch for now, but we are expecting Winter Storm Warnings and/or Blizzard Warnings as we get closer to Wednesday afternoon. Besides the potential for snow, we will have stronger winds that could be causing large drifts and low visibilities.

Storm Watch

The snow will likely start in the afternoon with the first wave brining small chances across the state. By the late evening on Wednesday, another snow band sets up in south central Nebraska and pushes west with higher snow rates.

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As for snow totals, models are showing a good chance that we see over 2″ from this system, if not more. With the strong, cold system, not a lot of moisture is associated with storms like these with a better chance to see dry air cutting into our snowfall potential.

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Wind Chill Warning starting Wednesday

Not only do we have snow potential, but the forecast is calling for strong winds and bitterly cold temperatures. Wind Chill Warnings for most of us start Wednesday, but north central counties in Nebraska start by Tuesday night. Layers will be important if you need to be outside at all but limit the amount of time that you are exposed to the cold.

Wind Chill Headlines

In terms of the extremes, wind chills could be anywhere from -35 to -60° below zero by Thursday morning. That appears the coldest morning going forward, as the cold front pushes through bringing wind gusts over 40 mph behind it. Blowing snow will be likely, and travel will be extremely difficult on Thursday. The best advice right now is to plan around Thursday if you do have to travel for the holidays.

With wind gusts from 40-50 mph possible, travel will be dangerous if not impossible with possible blizzard-like conditions.

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The good news is that once we push past the arctic blast, temperatures in the long run look to recover nicely. Highs will return to near freezing by next week in time to ring in the new year.

Meteorologist Jessica Blum 
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