Warmest day come Monday; Winter weather rearing its head later in the week
With plenty of sunshine and temperatures in the upper 40s and low 50s, we continued to see plenty of melting through this weekend. Some reports across Lincoln dropped from about 7″ to 2.5-4″ from Saturday morning to Sunday morning.
Our warmest day yet is scheduled to arrive by Monday, with most of southeast Nebraska in the low to mid 50s. Winds will be out of the west at about 10-20 mph throughout the day. I’ll feel like spring, as spring will be just four weeks away.
After Monday, the rest of the week starts to look interesting. Most of us will stay dry through Tuesday afternoon, but a winter storm is brewing that looks to arrive in western Nebraska by Tuesday evening. For us in eastern Nebraska, not much happening at that point. But come Wednesday, a sharp temperature change across the system will bring rain, mixed precipitation and snow to the area with minor travel impacts.
Most of the heavy snow and travel concerns are under a Winter Storm Watch issued on Sunday afternoon. With this storm, blowing snow and bitter cold looks to follow in its wake through Thursday and Friday. Longer range models are all we have to look at so far, but there’s some agreement in them already. More fine-tuning to happen soon.
An early look at one of those longer-range models shows by Wednesday afternoon, the rain and mixed precipitation is occurring over eastern Nebraska. Throughout the Panhandle extending toward northeast Nebraska… different story. Ongoing snow and heavy snow will look to settle in through about Thursday morning through these areas.
Again, after said winter weather has left, cold temperatures and wind chills will be what we are left to deal with Thursday and Friday mornings.
Meteorologist Jessica Blum