January 26, 2015

New year, new weather pattern

A new year ushers in an improved weather pattern.

After two days of bitterly cold temperatures, Nebraska returns to more seasonal weather. The National Weather Service forecasts a mostly sunny New Year’s Day with highs reaching nearly 30 degrees in eastern and central Nebraska. Western Nebraska, which has experienced bitterly cold temperatures plunging well below zero, should warm up to 25 degrees, perhaps even near 30 today.

The Weather Service predicts much the same for Friday, with colder temperatures and possibly snow moving in on the weekend.

Bitter cold has Nebraska in its grip

US 385 and L62A north of Bridgeport

US 385 and L62A north of Bridgeport

Nebraska wakes up to bitter cold temperatures again this morning.

The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill warning for western Nebraska. An advisory remains in effect for the central and eastern portions of the state.

It should be sunny for this last day of 2014 with the highs ranging from 15 to 19. The Weather Service forecasts a clear, but bitterly cold New Year’s Eve in Nebraska. Lows tonight should range from 5 to 9 in eastern and central Nebraska to 5-below to 1-above in western Nebraska.

At 4am Central Standard Time, temperatures throughout the state varied widely.

While Omaha report zero, Lincoln checked in at minus 3.

South Sioux City registered a temperature of 8 below zero. It was minus 7 in Wayne and minus 6 in Grand Island.

North Platte and Valentine recorded 11 below zero this morning. In Chadron, it was minus 17 and, not to be outdone, Scottsbluff recorded the coldest temperature in the state at 26 below zero.

Winter storm hits the Nebraska Panhandle, closing several schools

Highway 26, West of Scottsbluff

Highway 26, West of Scottsbluff

Roads are slick, icy, and snow packed in Sidney.

A hazmat call went out before 10:30 this morning for a jackknifed semi tractor-trailer at mile marker 63 that was leaking fuel.

We measured four inches of snow in Sidney’s Legion Park. Winds have been causing snow to drift in spots and around corners of buildings and parked vehicles. According to the National Weather Service, areas of Scotts Bluff County received a foot of snow.

NWS says most other areas could expect 5-7 inches before snow tapered off late morning.

Schools across the southern Panhandle were closed for the day, including Leyton Schools in Cheyenne County because there was no electricity.

A Winter Storm Warning is in place until 5 o’clock this evening Mountain Time for the eastern Panhandle and into central Nebraska.

By Dave Collins, KSID

Winter weather returning to Nebraska, NWS issues warning

Nebraska Department of Roads camera I-80 and Highway 138 at Big Springs

Nebraska Department of Roads camera I-80 and Highway 138 at Big Springs

A lot of weather is coming our way even as the state has experienced some rain, sleet, and snow already.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning today for western Nebraska into the north-central and northeastern portions of the state. A winter weather advisory has been issued from the southwest into northeast Nebraska.

The state forecast for today is for cloudy skies with snow and areas of blowing wind in western Nebraska. The National Weather Service expects a mix of rain, freezing rain, sleet, and snow in the eastern part of the state, which should change into snow.

Temperatures will range from in the 30s in western Nebraska to between 40 and 50 in the other portions of the state.

Clouds will remain, but snow should end tomorrow.

Cold, cold fall doesn’t necessarily equal cold, cold winter (AUDIO)

Ken Dewey/Photo courtesy of University of Nebraska at Lincoln

Ken Dewey/Photo courtesy of University of Nebraska at Lincoln

A frigid fall doesn’t necessarily mean a nasty winter.

And yes, this fall has been as bad as you thought.

“It was like a plot in a bad movie where you take the wrong exit and then you start getting chased by all these villains. Autumn definitely took a detour and a wrong turn,” state Climatologist Ken Dewey with the University of Nebraska at Lincoln tells Jack and Dave in the Morning on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN.

Dewey says a strong typhoon which formed in the Pacific Ocean drove cold air from the Artic to the lower 48, ushering in an early winter.

Dewey says while temperatures plummeted this fall to record lows across the nation, weather is returning to a more normal, albeit drier pattern. Dewey says Nebraska isn’t plunging into winter, and it’s not going back to a polar express either.

He says the cold, cold weather this month doesn’t necessary mean we will have a nasty winter.

“Will we make it to Christmas without any major snow? That’s difficult to forecast,” according to Dewey. “It’s just our winter signal right now seems to be that we’re going to have back and forth cold and warm, but a drier than normal winter.”

AUDIO:  Brent Martin reports [:50]