New Year's Eve revelers better button down and wrap up because 2012 will be giving Midlanders the cold shoulder going out the door.
A high temperature of 18 Monday is expected to slide into the single digits by the time celebrations kick off in downtown Omaha and Council Bluffs. Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski of AccuWeather predicted that New Year's Day will produce a low of 1 degree and a high of 19.
“Monday is going to be a cloudy day and a chilly day for Omaha and eastern Nebraska,” Pydynowski said.
She said a storm churning up in the southern Rocky Mountains will slide south of Nebraska for the most part, with an inch or two of snow expected to fall along the Kansas border.
“Snow could fall as far north as Lincoln, but I'm not anticipating any precipitation for Omaha,” she said. “Still, it's going to be cold, so travelers should expect some snow accumulation on roads and highways.”
After the storm passes, Pydynowski said a gradual warm-up is expected in western Nebraska on Wednesday and Thursday, with highs in the low 30s. Warmer weather should finally reach Omaha and western Iowa by Saturday when Pydynowski predicted a high temperature of 30 degrees.
“The cold air that will have been pushing down from Canada will clear out when that storm along the Kansas border moves east,” she said. “We'll have to put up with just a bit of snow and some cold air over the next couple of days, but the weekend should be considerably milder.”
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