Wicker winter weather will be an uninvited guest this Thanksgiving.
State Climatologist Ken Dewey with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln says Nebraska will soon get a real taste of winter.
“Cold air has been held up in Canada all fall so there’s a lot of supply of cold air up there. And, when it plunges south there’s nothing to stop it,” Dewey tells Jack and Dave in the Morning on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “If you go north, the weather will deteriorate quicker.”
Precipitation will fall throughout the state, what type of precipitation depends on the temperature.
Travel on the highways shouldn’t be bad, at first.
Dewey says the roads remain warm due to the warmer temperatures of late, but that won’t last.
“Sidewalks will start icing over, driveways, steps going up and down into buildings, decks, and things like that,” Dewey says of the Thanksgiving Day forecast. “So, just because it goes below freezing, it doesn’t instantly turn to ice on the roads. The roads have to cool down.”
Precipitation should end by the end of the day, with the second round of moisture coming in a couple of days.
“The second wave of moisture unfortunately is coming up the next worst time-period and that is when everybody is trying to return Sunday evening to be back at work Monday morning. So, that may have an impact on travel,” according to Dewey.
Dewey says this cold spell won’t last. It will give way next week to a warming trend.
“This is going to be a winter of annoying you, because it’s going to go between really nice and pleasant and then all of the sudden, a blast of cold air, some freezing rain, some snow, and then it will get warm again.”
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