Wet and breezy weather expected early this week.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - Mainly cloudy skies this afternoon with scattered showers and drizzle possible. Afternoon temperatures will be in the upper 30s and lower 40s with a southeast wind gusting up to 30 or 35 mph. The brisk southeast wind will make it feel much colder.
The bulk of our moisture is expected to come Monday night and through the day on Tuesday as a low pressure system strengthens and pushes east out of the Rockies.
Rain will become more widespread across the area Monday night and into the day on Tuesday as the low pressure system slides east across the area - we could even see some isolated thunderstorms across the area as well. Rain is a good bet for most of the day on Tuesday and we’ll likely see showers lingering across the area Tuesday night and into very early on Wednesday. While most of the moisture we’ll be seeing will fall as rain, some colder air will finally filter into the area Tuesday night and into early Wednesday, so if we do see any light snow it will likely come during this time. Snowfall amounts are expected to stay very light, with a trace to 0.5″ possible for Lincoln and eastern Nebraska, and mainly on grassy and elevated surfaces.
Moisture should come to an end early on Wednesday as the system wraps up and pushes east out of the area. When it’s all said and done, we could see some significant precipitation amounts across eastern Nebraska with an inch or more of moisture possible, with some locally higher amounts up closer to two inches. Lighter amounts are expected as you head further to the west across the state. Central parts of the state could see 0.25″ to 0.75″ of moisture, and western Nebraska could see up to 0.50″ through late Tuesday night.
Winds will be quite blustery through this entire period with southeast winds by Monday morning at 5 to 15 MPH, but by Monday afternoon and through most of Tuesday, we’ll southeast winds at 15 to 25 MPH with wind gusts of 30+ MPH. Winds will eventually turn to the north and west as the low pressure system slides by the area with winds likely remaining quite blustery all the way through Wednesday. The strong southeasterly winds will actually help temperatures stay above freezing Monday night and into Tuesday and we’ll could actually see rising temperatures during that time as warm front slides across the area. High temperatures on Tuesday will likely jump back to the lower and middle 50s for south central and southeastern Nebraska despite the forecast clouds and rain.
The good news with all of this, is that after this system moves through the area, dry and rather uneventful weather is then expected for Wednesday afternoon into the Thanksgiving holiday, and all the way through the upcoming weekend. Temperatures will bounce around a bit, but highs should range anywhere from the mid 40s to low 50s. It looks like for Thanksgiving on Thursday, most of the state should see mostly sunny skies with highs in the upper 40s to lower 50s.
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