Looks like this will be one of those years when Omaha's first snowfall is noticeably late.
Jack Boston, senior meteorologist for AccuWeather Inc., said forecasts indicate that Omaha will probably be snowless into mid-December.
That's because unusually warm weather is headed into the region. Temperatures in Nebraska and Iowa could run 10 to 20 degrees above normal this coming weekend, and the odds favor that warmth sticking around.
So far, Omaha has yet to record its first snow of the season.
Monday's dusting didn't count because only a trace was recorded, said Cathy Zapotocny, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service. For a snowfall to be official, at least one-tenth of an inch must fall.
And while Omaha's first snow is late, it's not yet extraordinarily late. A lack of snow by the last week of December is when records are threatened, she said.
On average, the first snow of the season falls by Nov. 13 in Omaha, according to the National Weather Service. The latest first snow of the season recorded for Omaha fell Dec. 31, 2006.
The storm system that brought Monday's flurries dropped most of its snow across the northern tier of the state, where 3 to 7 inches fell. The snow tapered off as the system moved eastward. In western Douglas County, six-tenths of an inch fell.
Boston said an abundance of warm air in the upper atmosphere and a northern track for the jet stream are why Omaha is unlikely to see snow anytime soon.
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