Climatologist Ken Dewey, at the University of Nebraska Lincoln, notes that traveling in certain directions should be relatively problem-free for the upcoming holiday stretch.
“Piece of cold air are just that, they’re not a huge air mass,” Dewey says. “We don’t sink into below zero, we just get very cold, have a cold Sunday and Monday, and then it’s already in the upper 30s, near 40 by Christmas Day for lots of easy travel.”
Dewey says there are national travel concerns to the southeast and east, where very dramatic weather is expected during the wintertime, including possible tornadoes.
Our winter weather ahead is going to be of two personalities, he says.
“We’ve already started to see this,” Dewey says. “We’ve had temperatures in Lincoln in the early part of December in the mid 60s and then we’ve dropped to below zero. It looks like there’s no dominant force that’s going to be able to hold back the cold, which would be an El Nino winter, or allow the cold to come down here and settle in.”
He expects our current bitter cold weather trend to moderate into warmer temps rapidly.
By Jane Monnich, KLIN, Lincoln