Friday starting out mild but gets very windy

Winds were strong Thursday afternoon, with much of the area seeing gusts from 35-45 mph. Winds have stayed consistent through the overnight hours, giving a milder start to Friday morning with some passing clouds as well.

Southern winds will stick around through the early afternoon, sending temperatures into the lower 60s for a warm, December day. However, the winds will get stronger by Friday evening.

Skycast Today

 

Friday night

Most of the state as of Friday morning is under either a High Wind Warning or a Wind Advisory. Eastern Nebraska including Lincoln and Omaha are under a Wind Advisory for winds expected to be 20-30 mph with gusts up to 50 mph. The High Wind Warning for most of southern Nebraska is for winds in the 30-40 mph range and gusts up to 60 mph. Both of these alerts were issued for 4 p.m. through 12 a.m. Friday night.

2021 Klkn Wind Headlines

Getting a quick glimpse at what some of the strongest gusts could look like across the area, winds will pick up by the drive home from work and continue through the evening. The strongest gusts will be just after the passage of the cold front, so the winds that will be picking up today will be eventually out of the northwest, bringing much colder air.

Jess Model Wind

 

Saturday morning

By “much colder air”, we are talking about wind chills in the single digits by early Saturday morning. A drastic change from high temperatures on Friday in the lower 60s. But this is no strange event in Nebraska, and temperatures are expected to be back near the 40s by the end of the weekend.

Jess Model Wind Chill

The forecast for now remains dry for some time. Even with this cold front Friday night into Saturday, there isn’t much moisture to bring rain or snow chances with it. The next chance for now to see anything is looking ahead into the end of the second week in December.

Meteorologist Jessica Blum

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