The first day of fall dawned with a bite in the air. And residents in Iowa and eastern and central Nebraska should brace for temperatures to bottom out near freezing tonight into Sunday morning, according to the National Weather Service.
The Weather Service issued a freeze warning from 3 a.m. to 9 a.m. Sunday for a majority of Iowa and the northeast corner of Nebraska. Temperatures in those areas should drop to the upper 20s, which could damage or kill crops and other vegetation.
A frost advisory was issued for central and southeast Nebraska, including the Omaha metro area, and southern Iowa from 3 a.m. to 9 a.m. Sunday.
Temperatures should fall to about 35 degrees and some areas may briefly drop below freezing, according to the Weather Service. A frost advisory means that sensitive outdoor plants may be killed if left uncovered.
About 7 a.m. Saturday morning the temperature dropped to 42 degrees -- and felt even colder with the wind -- in the Omaha metro area.
But the strong sunshine warmed the day up into the low 60s in Omaha and Lincoln by the time the Husker game started, according to the National Weather Service.
Those headed to the Nebraska-Idaho State game probably should have brought a sweater, said weather service meteorologist Rick Chermok. A north wind added a cool breeze with gusts from 10 to 20 mph.
Chermok said even though fall officially began at 9:49 a.m. today, we could still see high temperatures in the 80s and even the 90s into October.
-- Sam Womack