A winter storm which brought ice into Nebraska, making traveling treacherous, is moving through the state, giving way to warmer temperatures later in the week.
University of Nebraska at Lincoln Climatologist Ken Dewey says the rain falling in eastern Nebraska is washing some of the ice away.
“Now, the real danger with this is you could step outside, talking to you the public right now, and say everything is just fine and then the next thing you know there will be a little patch of ice that’s still there and you’re going to go flying and get to visit the emergency room at the hospital,” Dewey tells LNK Today on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLN. “So, please be careful, don’t be fooled, even driving around.”
Temperatures will fall below freezing this evening, but the forecast for Tuesday is sunshine and highs in the 40s across the state.
Dewey says we actually dodged a bullet, that it could have been much worse had the temperatures dropped lower than they did.
“I’ve never seen what I’m calling a warm freezing rain, because usually these are occurring with very, very cold air coming down out of Canada and then, up above, it hasn’t gotten the message yet, it’s still warm and raining and it freezes on contact,” Dewey says.
Dewey says this winter storm was a Pacific-based system that was extremely large. It stretched from Arizona to Virginia; the South Dakota border to the Texas, Mexico border.
Travel throughout the state remains hazardous, with icy patches in the east and light snow in the west.
Dewey says this is a slow moving system that is slowly moving out of the state.
“We have so many different types of storms here in Nebraska, as everyone knows. We get those heavy snowstorms and 60 mile an hour winds and blizzard conditions,” Dewey says. “This isn’t that type of a system. It’s just a slow-moving, really, really wet system, large and just slowly moving across the United States and as it does so, its pulling up more warm air than its pulling down cold air.”
Rain, freezing rain, sleet, and snow will fall throughout the day. But, sunshine and warmer temperatures are expected by tomorrow and throughout the remainder of the week.