As quickly as Sunday's snowfall is expected to melt, new snow – somewhere between three to five inches – could fall.
High temperatures today in the lower 40s and a high Tuesday near 50 should melt the Omaha area's .6 of an inch that fell Sunday. The snowfall broke Omaha's longest stretch of snowless days on record –295 days. The previous record of 284 days ended Dec. 30, 2006.
By noon Wednesday, more snow likely will move into the area as highs dip into the lower 30s and the overnight low drops to 20, said Becky Kern, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Office in Valley, Neb. The snow should wrap up by early Thursday, she said.
“The big thing (Wednesday) will be the really strong winds from the northwest,'' she said.
Gusts could reach 25 mph, she said: “It's not going to be a pretty snow.''
Wednesday's band of snow should extend from western Nebraska through western Iowa, with the western part of the state see less snow and western Iowa getting up to five inches, Kern said. Anyone traveling south on Interstate 29 to the Kansas City area also can expect to encounter three to five inches, Kern said.
High temperatures Friday through the weekend should be in the upper 20s to lower 30s, Kern said.
A “big weather system” that was heading toward the West Coast on Tuesday should make its way across the Rocky Mountains by Saturday and reach Nebraska and western Iowa by Christmas, she said. Temps should stay below freezing, so any precipitation accompanying the system would fall as snow rather than rain in the metro area, she said.
The system also could take a more southerly track out of the Rockies, which would mean precipitation for Kansas and a dry holiday for eastern Nebraska and western Iowa.
“It's still kind of up in the air right now,'' Kern said.