We might have gotten a taste of winter weather this fall, but a University of Nebraska climatologist sees a mild forecast for the Thanksgiving holiday period.
University of Nebraska – Lincoln climatologist Ken Dewey says Nebraskans have a reason to worry about traveling during the Thanksgiving holiday.
“Many years, the Thanksgiving week is when we sink into winter weather and there are lots of travel problems, but not this year,” Dewey tells Jack Mitchell, host of LNK Today on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN.
Travel problems might occur for Nebraskans going out of state for the long holiday weekend. Dewey says the computer models indicate the cold air blasting down from Canada is skirting the Midwest and taking aim at the Ohio Valley and the East Coast, especially the northeastern United States. He says Nebraskans planning travel to Michigan, Ohio, or anywhere along the upper East Coast might encounter cold temperatures and snow.
Though winter can often arrive in Nebraska this time of year, Dewey reminds us the normal high for Nebraska in late November is 50 degrees.
Dewey sees a sunny and dry forecast for much of Nebraska this week as the state dodges winter weather, at least for the time being.
“We’re holding back winter right now and all of the forecast products are showing all the way through Thanksgiving week and into the week after Thanksgiving, at least to the end of November; holding back winter.”
Dewey says the computer models indicate a warmer than normal December for Nebraska as well, though they do predict more snow this year than last winter.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]