Rusty's 8PM Forecast - Breezy and cooler Thursday

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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - A few showers and a couple of thunderstorms accompanied by isolated heavy downpours moved through the area late this morning and early this afternoon. The storms developing near and ahead of a cold front that has pushed off to the east, bringing our rain chances to an end for the rest of the day. Behind the front, a window of sunshine has allowed temperatures to warm back into the middle and upper 60s to around 70. Winds have turned to the northwest and will continue this evening, gusty at times. This will bring dropping temperatures, with readings falling into the 50s shortly after sunset. It will be a cool night with breezy northwest winds and lows in the middle 40s.

We will continue to feel the influence of the cooler air on Thursday as northwest winds gust up to near 40mph in the afternoon, particularly west of the metro. Temperatures will only warm into the middle and upper 50s, with perhaps a few 60s south of the metro. Isolated to scattered showers are also expected to develop in the afternoon, but coverage will be limited so many areas will remain dry through the day. Even cooler conditions are expected overnight as skies clear out and winds relax. Temperatures around the metro should fall into the mid and upper 30s, with areas north of the metro potentially falling into the lower 30s.

A warming trend will kick in on Friday with mostly sunshine skies returning and temperatures rebounding into the middle 60s. On Saturday, breezy southwest winds and lots of sunshine will help to really warm things up with highs climbing into the upper 70s and low 80s! We should remain mild into the morning hours on Easter Sunday, but rain chances creep into the forecast by the evening. That will likely hold high temperatures in the middle 60s. At this point, widespread thunderstorms are not expected, though the wet weather could last into early Monday morning before we dry out and begin to warm back into the 70s early next week.