The roller-coaster ride continues.
The Omaha-Council Bluffs area could enjoy high temperatures near 50 degrees by mid-week. The warm-up follows a weekend storm that blanketed central and western Nebraska in snow and sent stiff, northwest winds blowing through eastern Nebraska and western Iowa on Sunday.
Rich Chermok, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Office in Valley, Neb., said highs in the Omaha-metro area are likely to reach the mid- to upper 40s by Tuesday. On Wednesday, the mercury could hit 50. Overnight lows Tuesday and Wednesday are expected to dip to the mid- and upper 20s, after a low tonight of around 20 degrees.
Winds on Tuesday and Wednesday will blow from the west at 10 to 20 mph, considerably more tolerable than Sunday's 40 mph blasts, Chermok said.
Then a weak weather system makes its way into the Omaha area Thursday and Friday, bringing with it a chance of light snow or flurries, he said.
Highs on Thursday will dip into the upper 30s and into the 20s on Friday. Winds will be brisk from the northwest both days, Chermok said, and overnight lows will drop into the teens.
On Sunday, a winter storm roiling up out of the southern Rocky Mountains spread a swath of heavy snow and icy road conditions across western and central Nebraska. As much as 10 inches of snow fell in McPherson County, 15 miles northwest of Stapleton, the National Weather Service said.
Some of the other heavy snow totals included 8.2 inches southeast of Long Pine in Rock County, 8 inches at Big Springs and Chappell and 7 inches at Chambers in Holt County.
North Platte reported 4.4 inches of snow. Valentine had 4 inches.
In the Omaha area, the National Weather Service said only two-hundredths of an inch of rain fell between midnight and 10 a.m. at Eppley Airfield.
As the snow subsided Sunday evening, blowing snow and fog kept road conditions treacherous. Dense fog reduced visibility to near zero near O'Neill by 6:30 p.m., the weather service said. Sunday's winds reached 56 mph at Thedford, 54 mph at Broken Bow, 53 mph at Ainsworth and 51 mph at North Platte.
The Nebraska Public Power District reported that 838 customers in Atkinson and 559 customers in Bassett were temporarily without power because of the high winds.