Trending in a warmer direction for some time
After a prolonged cold snap, temperatures are finally heading in a warmer direction. Temperatures have been rising for most of the overnight hours leading into Tuesday morning and will continue to do so through the day.
That said, there will still be a breezy wind out of the south-southwest. That will result in single-digit wind chills initially, eventually rising into the 30s by peak heating.
High temperatures should reach the lower-40s in Lincoln. Warmer temperatures are in the forecast for areas farther west, with highs near 50° closer to the Tri-Cities.
While we do expect a few waves of high clouds to be with us on Tuesday, there will be plenty of sunshine getting through. More clouds will likely arrive on Wednesday though.
At this time, Wednesday appears mostly dry. I am questioning whether or not we can get cool enough for the low levels to saturate on Wednesday morning. If that happens, we may see some fog development in some areas. With temperatures below freezing, this could result in freezing fog. It’s not a guarantee, but something to watch for the Wednesday commute.
There is a “better” chance to see some precipitation on Thursday, with the type depending on how warm temperatures can get. As of now, I see most of the meaningful precipitation falling in central Nebraska, with lesser amounts in southeast Nebraska. Here is a look at what one version of Stormcast suggests for liquid-equivalent totals through Friday.
Meteorologist Malcolm Byron