Parts of northeast Nebraska are still experiencing snow today. One to four inches are forecast for the area.
Ken Dewey, University of Nebraska-Lincoln climatology professor, says this latest cold wave seems to be the last gasp of winter weather.
“By next week, there are no below freezing temperatures at night, all the way out to the end of the month into early May,” Dewey tells LNK Today on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “The daytime highs soar all the way up to ‘normal.'”
Normal high temperatures for mid to late April are around 70 degrees.
“I see outdoor activities finally taking place on a consistent basis,” Dewey says, “so people can go golfing, baseball can be played, we can go outside and be working in our garden.”
Dewey says this April has been the coldest on record, so far.
The cold streak extends back to the first of the year, when low temperatures approached -20 degrees. It is due to the “cold core” dropping south from the Arctic.
“We couldn’t shake this off. It just wouldn’t go away,” Dewey says. “Now, everything is pointing to the fact that, I think, we are finally done.”
He says the later spring bloom should not impact the intensity of color, but it could be shortened if things heat up too quickly.