That cool, crisp air out of Canada that so many found perfect for sleeping off a Husker football hangover is expected to linger another day or two across Nebraska and western Iowa.
“By Wednesday, however, you can expect to see temperatures approaching 90 degrees from Omaha to North Platte,” said Brian Edwards, a meteorologist with AccuWeather, The World-Herald's weather consultant.
“The warm weather could even bring more chances of showers or thunderstorms.”
The cool front brought rain Saturday night and Sunday across Nebraska and western Iowa just south of the Interstate 80 corridor, said Terry Landsvork of the National Weather Service in Valley.
Rainfall totals in Nebraska included 5 inches near Big Springs and 2.82 inches at the North Platte airport.
Fairbury reported 1.30 inches of rain and Hayes Center posted 1.63 inches.
In the Omaha metro area, Landsvork said, rain totals varied from about a quarter of an inch at Eppley Airfield to a half inch at Offutt Air Force Base.
The weather service in Des Moines said Glenwood had 0.66 of an inch of precipitation. Many other cities in southwest Iowa had around a half-inch of rain, with Massena at the top of the tally, at 1.7 inches.
The AccuWeather forecast for today calls for beautiful weather in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa, with partly sunny skies and a high of 70.
That cool air will slide eastward across the Great Lakes as a high-pressure system creeps in from the west.
The warm-up on Tuesday also will bring a slight chance of rain in eastern Nebraska but “not so much west of Lincoln,” Edwards said.
Temperatures Tuesday should reach into the low 80s, he said.
“It really warms up on Wednesday, but that will be followed closely by a cold front dropping in from the west, bringing more opportunities for showers and thunderstorms Thursday,” Edwards said.
“The chances of severe weather are slight, but if the timing is right, there could be strong thunderstorms.”
The coming weekend should be much like the past one, with a high-pressure system from the west leaving behind cooler air, temperatures in the 70s and low humidity, Edwards said.
“It should be very seasonal, great weather for doing just about anything,” he said.