Coldest air in 10 months arrives for the start of the weekend
We are overdue for it to feel like winter and it finally will this weekend. At least for 3/4 of the weekend.
High pressure will be building in from Canada Saturday. This will help bring colder air in to Nebraska. The day will start chilly with temperatures in the teens. Winds will increase towards daybreak, gusting to 20 mph out of the northwest. This will send the wind chill down to the single digits to teens.
Along with the cooler air, it looks like we could start the day with a layer of clouds a few thousand feet above the ground. The clouds will take a few hours to lift, eventually burning off. Skies should become clear by afternoon.
It will not warm much Saturday afternoon with temperatures struggling to reach 30° in most of southeast Nebraska. In fact, it looks like it will be the first time Lincoln fails to reach 30° since February 19, 2021. Highs will range from the middle 20°s to around 30°. Factor in the northwesterly wind at 5-15 mph – with gusts to 20 mph – and wind chills will be in the teens to lower 20°s throughout the day.
Clear skies Saturday night will set up the area for a cold start Sunday morning. Currently, I am forecasting a low of 7° at the Lincoln airport. The airport often falls several degrees colder than the city, so look for a low in the lower teens in Lincoln.
Dry air will be in place Sunday – dew point temperatures in the single digits – which will allow for the air to quickly warm-up, especially with a strengthening southerly wind. Temperatures should be able to make it back to the middle 40°s by afternoon.
– Chief Meteorologist John Dissauer