Much nicer over the weekend
Snow showers moved through the state overnight Thursday and early Friday. Some areas were able to pick up a decent amount of snow, with 2.2″ being reported through 6 a.m. Friday in Grand Island. Lincoln was only able to accumulate 0.2″ up to 6 a.m. Friday.
This has accumulated on the roads, which could create a few slick spots. It’s a good idea to remain extra cautious during the morning commute, especially along bridges and overpasses which ice over easier.
Many of these snow showers will fizzle out as the morning progresses. While a flurry or two cannot completely be ruled out into the early afternoon, snow chances drastically decrease by then. By late afternoon, we might even see the sun poke out.
Many of us should be able to reach the 20s for highs on Friday. While air temperatures will still be well below average during the afternoon, wind speeds will taper off. That would produce afternoon wind chills in the teens, which is a big improvement from Thursday.
The weekend looks a lot warmer. Highs approach 50° on Saturday, and might even near the 60° mark on Sunday. Saturday and most of Sunday shouldn’t give us too many issues rain-wise. That may change on Sunday night as some thunderstorms may move through the area.
The Storm Prediction Center is highlighting some portions of southeast Nebraska (south of the I-80 corridor) as having a “Marginal” (Level 1/5) risk for severe weather on Sunday night. While a strong storm or two is possible, the bigger severe weather concern will be to the south. Nevertheless, we’ll keep a close eye on this potential.
Meteorologist Malcolm Byron