OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Snow overspread the metro this afternoon, with burst of heavy snow quickly covering roadways. Amounts of 1 to 1.5 inches have already been reported across the area, and periods of snow will continue for the rest of the afternoon and evening. The heaviest snow will transition to the south of I-80, into far southeast Nebraska and southwest Iowa this evening with only lighter snowfall expected in the metro area after 5pm. Snow will taper off this evening by 10pm, with most of the snow exiting the region by 2am tonight. Snowfall amounts around the metro will be in the 1 to 3 inch range, with a band of 3 to 6 inches possible across southeast Nebraska into southwest Iowa.
Once snow moves out late tonight, clouds will begin to thin out as well and we could see some partial clearing by sunrise Tuesday. Temperatures will drop to around 20 to start off the day, but will rebound into the upper 20s to around 30 by the afternoon. Winds will be on the breezy side for the afternoon, with occasional gusts of 20 to 30mph possible out of the northwest. Cold conditions will settle in Tuesday night with lows dropping to around 7 degrees for the metro.
A brief warm up is in store for Wednesday as we get a little break from the active winter pattern. Partly to mostly sunny skies and south to southwest winds will help to warm temperatures into the middle or even upper 30s, with highs around 38 in the metro. We should melt off a fair amount of snow on Wednesday thanks to the sunshine and warmer conditions.
Colder and more wintry conditions return for the end of the week with temperatures on Thursday dropping back into the lower 30s. Another round of snow is possible on Friday as much colder air arrives, dropping high temperatures to around 15. High temperatures in the teens and lows in the single digits are likely from Friday through Monday of next week as a cold weather pattern moves back in. The active winter weather continues as well, as we're watching the potential for perhaps even more light snow Saturday into Sunday.