LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) – Cold weather is expected as we wrap up the weekend, but we have very mild weather to look forward to as we head into next week as the extended forecast is highlighted by above-average temperatures. average with generally dry weather over the next week.
A cold front is poised to move through the state as we head into Saturday evening which will give us blustery northerly winds overnight and into the night. Wind gusts as high as 40 to perhaps 45 MPH will be possible for a brief period as the front descends in the area. It could also cause some snow showers in the area, but we do not expect significant precipitation from this frontal passage. The sky will remain mostly cloudy during the passage of the front, but high pressure will move quickly behind the front which should lead to clear skies as we head into tonight’s night and early Sunday. Look for sunny to mostly sunny skies all day Sunday.
Temperatures will drop quickly behind the front overnight and we should see a fairly cold start to Sunday. Look for single digit morning lows and lower teens across the state with wind chills for eastern Nebraska dropping single digits above and below zero as we begin our Sunday. The coldest wind chills are likely to remain in northeastern Nebraska, where wind chills as cold as -5 ° to -10 ° are possible.
Cold weather is expected Sunday afternoon and although it will be colder than today, it will still be much warmer than the weather we had earlier this week. Temperatures are forecast to drop about 10 ° from Saturday afternoon with highs in the 20-30 range for most of the state. Winds will turn west and southwest in the afternoon, but should be fairly light at around 5-10 MPH. Even with light winds, wind chills will likely set in in the 1920s to nearly 30 ° by 3 p.m. Sunday.
Temperatures become more seasonal on Monday to start the week with highs warming by a few degrees in the mid-1930s for Lincoln. An elevation ridge will then allow much milder weather to return for the middle of the week next week with temperatures around 15 ° to 25 ° above normal. Look for highs between the low to mid 50s for Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, with windy weather at times possible. A cold front should end our warming trend Thursday night and Friday with light rain or possible snow in the area. Temperatures then decline to the mid-1940s for Friday, then to the mid-1930s for next Saturday.
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