A winter storm hitting the southern United States and bearing down on the East Coast should miss us.
State Climatologist Ken Dewey with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln says that while the eastern part of the country is bracing for a winter storm, Nebraska catches a break.
“But, we have really good news for us, it’s an unusual pattern; cold, very cold, but dry and in fact zero percent chance of precipitation,” Dewey tells the Jack and Dave in the Morning show on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “We rarely see this, but zero percent chance of precipitation every day this week into the weekend.”
Dewey cannot say the same for the East Coast.
“They’re expecting two to three inches of rain from Washington, D.C. up through New York City into the Boston corridor. It will impact any flights that are coming into the Midwest through that region. It’s a huge area of airline traffic,” Dewey says.
The Nebraska outlook is much different; cold, but dry.
“So, ironically, we have perfect travel weather here and a day’s drive or even flying in any direction, until you get to the eastern corridor and that’s of course the main population area of the U.S.,” according to Dewey. “The good news, I guess, for everyone there is that it will be done by Thanksgiving morning.”
Dewey advises Nebraskans to enjoy this holiday weekend. The weather likely will turn afterward.
“So, people wanting to do Christmas shopping and holiday travel and all that, we’re looking great for this upcoming week. We’re now beginning to see the first sign of our first major winter storm, cold and snow, but not until the end of next week. So, plenty of time to get out there and enjoy the holiday.”