Some colder mornings expected to start May
On Sunday, a cutoff low was stationed over the Great Lakes, driving northwesterly winds through Nebraska. Higher wind gusts from aloft were able to mix down to the surface, hence the gusts nearing 50 miles an hour once again.
Winds weren’t nearly as strong as they were on Saturday, and they will continue to drop off in the coming days as this system moves east.
Winds will drop off, but conditions will still be breezy overnight into the start of Monday. Gusts could still be 20-25 miles per hour tonight, keeping temperatures from completely falling off.
Depending on how much these winds come down tonight, temperatures will be flirting around the freezing mark again. For some, it’ll be below freezing for at least a couple of hours, prompting a Freeze Warning through Monday morning.
Lincoln has not been included since winds look to keep us a tad warmer, but counties just to the west are under the Freeze Warning.
Forecasted low temperatures across southeast Nebraska show where cooler temperatures fall just west. Lincoln and areas nearing the Missouri River should be warmer, only in the middle and upper 30s overnight. Whereas locations like Hebron and Kearney, lower 30s if not upper 20s are expected.
By the afternoon of May 1st, temperatures will rebound into the middle 60s for the most part. It’ll be cooler than it should be at this time of the year, with winds still picking up out of the northwest gusting over 30 mph.
How do these temperatures compare to normal? May 1st usually sees high temperatures around 69°, with that average high increasing to 81° by the end of the month.
Our low temperatures will be increasing over the next month, too. And with that, we’ll be adding almost another hour of daylight by the end of May, with sunset alone getting near 9:00 p.m.
As for our chances for rain this week, they start out light and small. There are chances starting Wednesday night through the weekend, but our better chances for rain look to come by next weekend.
Meteorologist Jessica Blum