A Polar Vortex is bringing extremely cold temperatures to parts of the state starting today and running through Thursday. National Weather Service Meteorologist David Eastlack says this cold snap will bring a test of patience.
Eastlack says, “A wind chill warning basically for most of eastern Nebraska and a wind chill advisory for portions of southeast Nebraska. In the wind chill warning area the wind chills values will range anyway from 30 to 40 below and that’s going to make potentially frostbite conditions possible within the 10 minute range. It is going to be dangerously cold.”
Eastlack says the brunt of the cold front is from the Great Lakes region and into the Ohio Valley. Eastern Nebraska on the western edge of the vortex. It won’t be as cold in the western part of the state and no warnings or advisories are issued there. He says we basically are dodging the brunt of the cold front and record breaking lows are expected east of Nebraska. Temperature highs will be 7 degrees today and zero on Wednesday.
Counties in the warning area include Burt, Cedar, Cuming, Knox, Pierce, Stanton, Thurston, Wayne, Cass, Dodge, Douglas, Otoe, Sarpy, Washington, Antelope, Boone, Butler, Colfax, Madison, Platte and Saunders. The warning is in effect from 6 p.m. Tuesday evening through noon on Wednesday. Then a wind chill advisory goes into effect until 9 p.m. Thursday.
Those in the advisory area include Gage, Jefferson, Johnson, Lancaster, Nemaha, Pawnee, Richardson, Saline and Seward. The advisory is in effect from 6 p.m. Tuesday through noon on Wednesday.
There is light at the end of the vortex. Eastlack says could see highs in the mid-40’s Saturday and Sunday.