A state climatologist says though the cold weather has set in early, and the state has already experienced a freak blizzard in October, we still might have a delayed winter.
State Climatologist Ken Dewey with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln acknowledges western Nebraska experience that freak early blizzard. Still, most of Nebraska has yet to experience the first snowfall.
Dewey explains the first snow has fallen as early as the first day of September and as late as the last day of December.
“But, the middle point is this weekend,” Dewey tells Jack and Dave in the Morning on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “So, we’re OK. We certainly don’t see any signs of snow. We might even be able to get out of November and go into December, like we did last year.”
After mild, favorable weather this past weekend, it turned windy and cold at the beginning of the week. The low in Lincoln dropped to 9 degrees, just off the record low of 2 degrees.
Dewey expects a warm up right through the weekend with a pleasant day, likely sunny and in the 50s, for the Husker game against Michigan State at Memorial Stadium Saturday.
We could well be riding a temperature roller coaster for the next few weeks, according to Dewey. It likely will be dry. No moisture is in the forecast at present.
And despite that blizzard in October that dumped as much as 12 inches of snow in the upper Panhandle, the computer models indicate a dry, moderate winter in Nebraska.
“We’re beginning to see signs that maybe this will be a delayed winter, maybe we’re going to push off our snows into December. Maybe January or February will be our snowy period,” Dewey says.
Of course, Dewey says weather in Nebraska can change rather suddenly.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]