Quick warm up, then a quick cool down
Temperatures are going to go on a rollercoaster ride as we head through the next several days. 70s on Thursday, then cooler Friday and Saturday, then warm again by early next week. Most of the next several days will be dry, but a few storms Thursday evening will be possible. As that system pulls away Friday, it will drag with it a snow chance north and some spotty showers for SE Nebraska.
Thursday will start off cool, but we warm up fast. We’ll see a high in the lower 70s by the afternoon but the wind will really pick up later in the day.
The wind gusts will be in the 35 to 45 mph range by Thursday evening.
Isolated storms will pop in central Nebraska by the early evening and drift northeast through the night. Other than the panhandle, much of the rest of the state will be quiet but windy.
A Marginal Risk (level 1) for severe storms will be in place for north and northeast Nebraska Thursday evening.
By late Thursday night and early Friday morning, the wind really ramps up. Wind gusts will near 50 mph for central and eastern Nebraska.
The wind takes a little break Friday morning, but picks back up Friday afternoon and evening with wind gusts for everybody in the 35 to 55 mph range.
Snow is looking likely for the northern half of the state Friday into very early Saturday. A few inches of snow will be possible in the northern fringes of the state.
Along with the snow, that gusty wind out of the northwest will be blowing, so blizzard conditions are going to be possible Friday to the north. Because of this, a Winter Storm Watch is in place and will likely be replaced by either a Winter Storm Warning or a Blizzard Warning.
Chief Meteorologist Rusty Dawkins