Winter returned to Nebraska today with snow over much of the state and below freezing temperatures.
The new, harsh reality should soon give way to the mild weather pattern we have enjoyed so far this winter, according to Climatologist Ken Dewey with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Dewey says to expect these cold days to interrupt otherwise well-above-normal winter temperatures.
“It’s going to be an annoying winter in a way, if you want it to stay nice, because it’s going to be nice once in a while,” Dewey tells The Jack and John Show on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “We’re going to get slapped around once in a while.”
Dewey notes that the days are getting longer, with about 30 minutes more of daylight each day.
He says the odd winter pattern has been confirmed by the first tornado watch of the season, which was issued for eastern Missouri and western Illinois.
Dewey says the winter chill the next couple of days will give way to warmer weather.
“National Weather Service thinks 50 (degrees), I’m thinking closer to 60 on Sunday and, then, next week upper 40s and mid-40s the whole week.” Dewey forecasts.
A lack of moisture could take its toll, Dewey says. A lack of snow, higher than normal temperatures and strong winds have been pulling moisture from the soil, according to Dewey who says the winter wheat crop needs some snow cover or rain.