Gradual warm-up in to the weekend
While southeast Nebraska experienced a cool winter-like day Tuesday, temperatures will begin to rise over the coming days, eventually reaching the 50°s for the start of the weekend.
Before it warms up we have to get through Wednesday morning. Clear skies overnight will allow temperatures to drop down to a couple degrees above zero. Factor in a light wind and wind chills will be as low as -7° Wednesday morning.
Sunny skies are expected for most of the day Wednesday. Clouds will begin to increase Wednesday evening. Before that happens, temperatures should return to the upper 30°s to near 40° during the afternoon. Winds will increase out of the south-southwest 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph.
GROUNDHOG DAY STORM
Long range computer models continue to hint at a possible winter storm moving through the north-central Plains early next week. It is many days away, so it is hard to get in to the details, but at this time the potential does exist for freezing rain to snow on Groundhog Day.
The upper-level energy for the storm is located approximately 4,200 miles away from Nebraska over the northern Pacific Ocean. Lots can change with the forecast, including there ultimately being no storm. We will be keeping an eye on it over the coming days.
– Chief Meteorologist John Dissauer