Most Nebraskans welcomed this New Year’s Day with temperatures which needed a minus in front of them.
The National Weather Service reports -16 degrees in Omaha this morning with a high expected of two above. In Hastings, the Weather Service reports -13 this morning with a high expected to reach only four above. The National Weather Service in North Platte reports an early morning temperature of one above with a high today expected to reach eight.
Hastings set a record low for New Year’s Eve of -14. The old record was -13, set in 1968.
The wind child warning officially expires at noon, but a wind child advisory remains in effect until around 11 tomorrow morning. Wind chills could dip to between 25 to 35 below zero in portions of east-central and northeast Nebraska.
Forecasters at the National Weather Service are taking this extremely seriously, stating frostbite could occur quickly and even hypothermia if precautions are not taken. Frostbite can occur in as little as 10 minutes to exposed skin under these conditions.