TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2020
Winter Weather Advisories are in place across parts of central and eastern Nebraska - including Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney and the Lincoln and Omaha metros. The advisory is in place from 6 PM Tuesday through 12 PM on Wednesday. Snow accumulations of 1" to 3" are possible with a glaze of ice across the area. Slick conditions are expected for the morning commute on Wednesday.
Temperatures are forecast to rise throughout the day on Tuesday into Tuesday night and continue into the day on Wednesday. The warming temperatures will make precipitation types Tuesday night into Wednesday difficult as by late Tuesday into Wednesday morning, temperatures should be around the freezing mark with snow, sleet, freezing rain, and rain all possible.
By late Tuesday, areas of snow possibly mixed with sleet are expected to develop across south central into southeastern Nebraska. Past midnight, precipitation is expected to be a wintry mix with snow possibly mixed with rain and freezing rain. This wintry mix (or mess) is expected to continue through the morning commute on Wednesday, so for areas in south central and southeastern Nebraska - including Lincoln and Omaha - should plan for another messy morning commute.
By Wednesday afternoon, precipitation should begin to taper off and move east of the area and there will be a break, or at least a lull, in precip chances. It will be short lived as another trough of low pressure will bring in more snow and wintry mix to the area Wednesday night into Thursday, and lingering into Friday morning. Precip is forecast now to start off as all snow, but with temperatures forecast for the middle 30s by Thursday afternoon, some rain and freezing rain will continue to be possible.
One big issue we'll face over the coming days with temperatures expected in the upper 30s Wednesday and in the mid 30s on Thursday is that we should see some melting as snow falls. Main streets and residential streets should see some improvement during the day, but overnight temperatures will drop back below freezing. We'll likely see some refreezing of melting snow and melting ice and this could potentially add some layers of new ice on already icy and slippery side streets.
Towards the weekend, warmer and drier air is forecast to move into the area. Temperatures on Saturday should reach the mid 30s and by Sunday into early next week, highs in the low 40s are forecast for the area.
TUESDAY NIGHT: Mainly cloudy with a 90% chance for snow, transitioning to a wintry mix and then to rain by Wednesday. Rising temperatures through the night. South winds 10 to 15 MPH with gusts to 25 MPH. Snow accumulations of 1" to 3" possible.
WEDNESDAY: Cloudy and not as cold. Highs in the upper 30s. 70% chance for rain and snow, possibly mixed with freezing rain in the morning with a chance for rain in the afternoon. South winds 10 to 20 MPH with gusts to 30 MPH.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Cloudy with a small chance for a wintry mix. Lows in the upper 20s. Light south winds turn to the northwest.
THURSDAY: Cloudy and seasonal. Highs in the mid 30s. 40% chance for rain and snow showers, possibly mixed with some freezing precipitation.
FRIDAY: Mostly cloudy and chilly. Highs in the low 30s. 20% chance for snow showers.