FORECAST THURSDAY EVENING JANUARY 18, 2018
It was a milder day across the area as afternoon highs climbed 10-15 degrees warmer than Wednesday. High clouds spread over the Lincoln area and will remain in place through tonight with a mix of high clouds and sun Friday. Friday will be even warmer as we see afternoon highs push into the 50s before a cold front trims the thermometer back into the lower 40s on Saturday.
We will be watching how a potent winter storm, currently spinning off the Washington Coast, evolves over the next 72 hours. The storm will strengthen over southwest Colorado and track onto the Plains, spreading snow across the High Plains into Western and Central Nebraska on Sunday. With warmer air in place over the southeast part of the state, precipitation will stay as rain around the Lincoln area with a slight chance of freezing drizzle in the predawn hours.
As the storm tracks northeast colder air will get pulled into the system transitioning from a wintry mix to all snow late Sunday night into early Monday, with more moisture being pulled into the central and northeast parts of the state. Winds will also increase creating possible blizzard-like conditions in those areas seeing the heaviest snow. There is still some uncertainty in terms of the timing and the track of the storm to specify amounts.
FRIDAY: High clouds and sun . Highs in the low to mid 50s. Southwest winds 5-15 mph
FRIDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid to upper 20s. . Southwest winds 5-10 mph.
SATURDAY: Partly to mostly sunny and a bit cooler. Highs in the low to mid 40s.