First Alert Day Sunday: Cold, wind, rain and snow make for a rough Easter Sunday

Published: Apr. 8, 2020 at 9:41 AM CDT
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After a spring-like Saturday, winter makes a return Easter Sunday. Due to rain, sleet, snow, wind, and plummeting temperatures, we have declared Sunday, April 12th a First Alert Day.

Showers and storms will become widespread Sunday morning, with temperatures in the 40s in the Omaha Metro. Rain will transition to sleet then snow from northwest to southeast throughout the day as cold air moves into the region. Due to a slightly later trend with the transition, and a longer period of sleet, snow accumulations will likely stay limited to around an inch in most of the Metro.

Potential accumulations increase for spots north and northwest of the I-80 corridor, where we’ll see a quicker transition to snow. Spots like Norfolk or Wayne, NE could pick up 3-6 inches of snow Sunday!

Once again, for the Metro, this transition to sleet looks to occur midday with snow likely during the afternoon. Precipitation will push east by evening. Warmer road temperatures and air temperatures close to freezing should limit initial accumulation, but the wet snow will likely overcome this as the day progresses.

In addition to the rain/sleet/snow, conditions will be very windy by the afternoon and evening! Winds in the Metro could gust 40-50 mph with gusts 50-60 mph possible near Lincoln, York, and Beatrice! Outside of decreasing visibility due to blowing snow, these wind gusts will drive wind chills into the teens and 20s.

While we’ll be much drier Monday, temperatures will stay very cold with highs struggling to warm to the 40° mark. Winds will also gust up to 30 mph.

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