Winter coming back in waves
Seeing a lot of yellows and oranges return to our color contours (below), meaning we saw quite the warm afternoon for even being a few days into March. High temperatures across southeast Nebraska made it into the upper 60s with lower 60s and upper 50s seen along I-80. Not too bad there, either. With Lincoln’s high of 68°F, that makes our warmest day of 2023 yet, so far!
Highs this warm are not here to stay for long though, with a lot more happening toward the middle of next week.
Overnight, it’ll feel similar to Saturday night as clouds increase again. Lows starting out on Monday will be around the middle and upper 30s, and winds shift out to be of the northwest.
Our temperature slide starts Monday, with highs returning to near normal for March. But the slide doesn’t stop there; we continue to get colder with highs only in the 30s by the end of the week. For perspective, our lows overnight tonight could be the high by Friday afternoon.
Multiple waves starting Tuesday evening
The timing of our next weather pattern change? Not ideal for those traveling to Lincoln for the NSAA Boys State Basketball Tournament.
This will be something to keep an eye on this week as forecasts change.
Going out to Tuesday night, our first wave starts to bring snow showers to western Nebraska and rain chances to southeast Nebraska. It’s worth noting that the models we have to look out this far do not have great resolution, so even the precipitation you see below could shift, meaning the transition line from rain to snow is very close and will dictate what we get toward the second half of the week. Air temperatures will also be dropping to near freezing overnight.
Second wave to come Wednesday night
Again, southeastern Nebraska will be along a transitional line to see both rain and snow out of what is coming our way by the end of the week. Better chances to see snow will come later Thursday and into Friday morning for us. Until then, rain could be mixing in, cutting into any total accumulations.
The snapshot from Stormcast below shows what Friday morning could look like. This is an early look, several days out, but a transition to snow as temperatures continue to drop is looking to take shape.
Not completely done yet, a third wave looks to bring more snow potential on Sunday, too. Stay with us as we continue to monitor for the latest updates and impacts.
Meteorologist Jessica Blum