OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Cold air rushed in today as skies cleared out. After falling into the teens this morning, temperatures rebounded into the middle 20s this afternoon. Gusty northwest winds of 20 to 35mph caused pockets of blowing snow resulting in slick roads in many spots. Winds will begin to relax some this evening, but a few gusts to 20 or 25mph are still possible through 7pm or so. This evening expect cold conditions as temperatures fall back into the teens. Wind chills are likely to be in the low teens and single digits, even falling below zero after Midnight. Overnight lows will fall to around 10 degrees in the metro, with areas to the northeast seeing even colder conditions.
After a cold start on Wednesday, we will actually see bit of a warm up with partly cloudy skies. A little break in our active winter weather pattern will allow temperatures to warm to near 30 by Noon, with afternoon highs in the upper 30s to around 40. In areas where there is less snow on the ground, low to mid 40s can't be ruled out. Areas to the west of Omaha will see the best shot at seeing temperatures in the middle and upper 40s. A stray 50 degree reading not out of the question for areas from Columbus down through York!
Winter returns on Thursday as a cold front moves through during the morning hours. Thankfully the front will move through dry, so no rain or snow is expected. Before the front moves through, temperatures may actually bounce into the upper 20s to near 30, but as northwest winds pick up and become gusty in the late morning and afternoon we will see falling temperatures. Many areas will likely seeing readings fall into the teens by late afternoon and early evening. Lows Thursday night will likely reach the single digits.
Snow chances return by Friday afternoon, with periodic chances for snow continuing Saturday afternoon into Sunday. With several rounds of snow possible and accumulations of several inches possible. First Alert Days are now in effect for Friday through Sunday.