Strong northwesterly winds are pushing Wednesday's record-setting warmth out of the region and will make Thanksgiving Day travel dangerous for some people hurrying to family dinners.
The National Weather Service issued high wind warnings for the western Nebraska Panhandle and southeastern Wyoming, which includes Interstate 80.
Some stretches of I-80 in Wyoming could be so treacherous that travel should be avoided, according to the weather service. High winds could make vehicles hard to handle, and dust could lower visibility.
Most of the rest of the region is under a high wind watch, which means lesser but still troublesome winds are likely.
Northwesterly winds of 30 to 40 mph and gusts to 60 mph or greater are possible in the Panhandle and southeast Wyoming.
The winds are due to a fast-moving cold front.
Highs on Wednesday ran 20 to 30 degrees above normal, thanks to warm winds out of the southwest.
In eastern Nebraska, temperatures climbed into the low 70s, compared to normal highs in the low 40s for this time of year.
Omaha, Eppley Airfield, 72 degrees, previous high 68 in 1990 and 1917.
Lincoln, 73 degrees, previous high 70 in 1990 and 1917.
Norfolk, 72 degrees, previous high 69 in 1917 and 1904.
Grand Island, 74 degrees, previous high 69 in 2001.
Valentine, 76 degrees, previous high 75 in 1966.
Don't get used to the warmth.
Temperatures are expected to seesaw downward. By next week in Omaha, highs won't climb out of the 30s, the weather service said.
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