Sunday, Monday & Tuesday are First Alert Days - Wind Chill Warning in effect
OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Sunday was the first of three First Alert Days, with temperatures staying below zero all day and wind chills falling into the -20s and -30s. To add insult to injury, our southernmost counties picked up a few inches of fluffy snow from Saturday night through Sunday afternoon.
We’ll continue to see mostly cloudy skies overnight, with some clearing from the northwest late. Temperatures look to drop into the negative-teens, with even colder morning lows where clouds clear earlier.
Omaha’s daily record low for February 15th is -12˚, set in 1936. Our current forecast is -15˚ for Monday morning’s low. We could also break a record COLD high Monday. Current record is -1° and our forecast is -4°. Both of these records are from the Dust Bowl year of 1936.
Clouds will decrease throughout the day Monday, giving us mostly clear skies Monday night. This will allow temperatures to plunge as far as our dew points and winds will let them. The daily record low for February 16th is -17°, set in 1979. Our current forecast is -22° for Tuesday morning’s low… Though it could go lower.
Wind chills could fall as low as -40° in spots Monday and Tuesday mornings. This will create dangerous conditions for those spending a prolonged period outside, as frostbite can set in over the course of just a few minutes on exposed skin. A Wind Chill WARNING is in effect from Sunday evening through midday Tuesday.
We’ll try to break 0° Tuesday afternoon, with highs in the teens returning Wednesday.
Track the details of the forecast here as we bring you updates several times a day. Stay safe, and check on others during this stretch of frigid weather!
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