Warmest Sunday before temperatures fall
Saturday was a chilly start to the weekend with wind chills barely in the teens by the afternoon. Winds were stronger gusting 25-30 mph but will calm heading into Sunday. Temperatures overnight with clear skies will cool down into the teens and single digits across most of the area.
Saturday and Sunday evenings will be on the “warmer” end of low temperatures for some time as we see arctic air arrive soon.
Sunday officially marks one week until Christmas day, and temperatures in the mid to upper 30s are the highest we will see going into the next week before the holidays. We can still expect the sun to come out for yet another day, too.
Nebraska’s winter weather headlines were quiet for all of one afternoon. It was for blizzard and winter weather warning before, but now for wind chills. Christmas week is going to start “warmer” but wind chills are looking to rapidly drop off starting Monday night. For north central Nebraska, counties in teal (below) are under a Wind Chill Watch from Monday evening through Friday afternoon for wind chills anywhere from -20 to -40°F. Temperatures will decrease sharply going into the end of next week.
Models have been consistent so far with a cold blast heading into the end of next week. Highs are going to struggle to make it past the single digits, with lows below zero at night. Forecasted wind chill trends show the coldest air coming for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights. These temperatures could be dangerous heading into the start of Christmas celebrations.
Actual temperatures by the end of the week will be only in the lower single digits, staying far below freezing and far below normal for some time. Along with the arctic air, a light snow chance is possible Monday, with another system and another chance for snow by Wednesday into Thursday.