Snow returns Thursday night, followed by bitter cold

Snow returns Thursday night, followed by bitter cold

We will see some sunshine for a few hours Thursday morning, but we start the day cold. Many of us will be in the low teens with wind chills near -3.

Thursday will become gradually cloudy and breezy in the afternoon. Highs will reach the upper teens near 20.

By late afternoon, widespread snow will begin moving into the area, increasing Thursday evening and night. While the evening commute will be good, snow accumulation will start around 6-8 pm for the metro. So, make sure you do any tasks before then. Snow will continue until Friday morning. This will be light and fluffy snow. Unlike Monday, temperatures will be in the teens, and we won’t see any melting. It will be easier for you to clear your driveway, but crews will have a harder time melting from the roads.

Any small change in humidity with this system will make a big difference in snow totals, because there is not a lot of moisture in this type of snow. So, stay tuned for any updates in the overall snow forecast. Right now, we think cities north of the Omaha metro will see about 2-5 inches of snow. For metro Omaha and everyone further south, we could see 4-7 inches of snow by Friday morning.

There will be near white-out, blizzard-like conditions overnight Thursday due to high winds, but this should start to improve heading into Friday morning.

Scattered snowfall will continue into Friday morning, ending early Friday afternoon. It will be a cold and windy day with temperatures falling throughout the day, reaching around 3 degrees at sunset. High winds will cause snow to blow and drift.

The worst of the cold comes over the weekend. Saturday starts below zero, with temperatures only rising to the low single digits. Sunday will start in the teens below zero, and we will stay below zero all day! Wind chills over the weekend will likely drop below -30 at times.

Now is the time to make final preparations for this bitter cold. Check your car battery before the weekend, finish winterizing your home, and protect pipes that may freeze.

For MLK Holiday and the Iowa caucus on Monday, we start in the negative teens again but should get a little closer to 0 in the afternoon with a little sunshine.

Tuesday will be in the single digits with more sunshine, and we will return to the teens later in the week.

Wednesday night
Mostly cloudy
Low: 12

morning sun
Snow falling late
High: 18

Snow early
High: 10

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