This afternoon will be a big improvement over yesterday–- no biting winds, no single-digit wind chills, no snow flurries.
Instead, the afternoon will be sunny with light winds and highs in the low to mid 30s.
An arriving warm front will moderate temperatures by bedtime, even though people might not realize it.
Scott Dergan, meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said temperatures won't drop overnight as they typically would. Instead, they're likely to remain fairly stable in the low 20s.
The metro-area temperature Wednesday morning is likely to be around 20 degrees, with the wind chill around 10 degrees, Dergan said.
By the afternoon, the high could broach 52 degrees, but strong winds will make it feel more like the low 40s, Dergan said.
A fast-moving Arctic front has brought bitter cold to the region. Chilly as today has been, it's nowhere near record cold.
Omaha's low, which occurred at 6:57 a.m., was 10 degrees, according to the weather service. Other selected lows: Lincoln, 8 degrees; Norfolk, 7 degrees; Tekamah, 10 degrees; and Falls City, 11 degrees.
In Omaha, the records for the date are an overnight low of 1 degree and a daytime high of 11 degrees.
Tom Kines, a meteorologist with AccuWeather, The World-Herald's weather consultant, said the cold air got its bite from being trapped near the Arctic, where the cold intensified before breaking loose and dropping south.
There's a slight chance of rain Thursday afternoon and a better chance of rain or snow from Saturday night through Monday, Dergan said.
“Chances are just that, a chance,” he added.
Next week promises a return to unseasonably cool weather. Monday's high is forecast near 40 degrees.
The day-by-day forecast:
Wednesday: Highs in the low 50s; winds gusting to 25 mph, sunny.
Thursday: Highs around 50 degrees, chance of afternoon rain, mostly cloudy.
Friday: Might be the nicest day in the immediate forecast. Partly sunny, highs in the low 50s, light winds.
Saturday-Sunday: Mostly cloudy. Moderate winds, chance of rain, highs in the 50s.