A weak storm system was expected to pass through the region to the east late tonight into Wednesday, bringing the chance of light snow over northeast Nebraska tonight and parts of eastern Nebraska and western Iowa on Wednesday.

Some sleet could mix in with the snow before the precipitation ends late Wednesday afternoon, the National Weather Service office in Valley said. Snow accumulations should be no more than one inch or less.

Today in the Omaha area, look for partly sunny skies and a high near 26 with north-northwest winds around 15 mph and gusts as high as 25 mph. Tonight’s low will drop off to around 12.

There is a 30 percent chance of snow before noon Wednesday in the Omaha area, then a chance of snow and sleet. Look for a high near 29. Wednesday night’s low is likely to dip to around 13.

High temperatures Thursday through Saturday will remain below normal, ranging from the low to upper 20s. Overnight lows will vary from the low 20s to around 6 degrees.

Normal high temperatures for early to mid-February in the Omaha area are the mid- to upper 30s and normal overnight lows are the upper teens.

Conditions are to warm up in the Omaha area Sunday, with a high near 36 and a slight chance of snow in the forecast.

Meanwhile, Iowa authorities told the Associated Press that Interstate 35 reopened today between Ames and Clear Lake, a stretch of more than 80 miles.

Several crashes on the highway during a winter storm Monday forced the closure. One to 2 inches of snow fell on much of north-central Iowa over the past 24 hours, the weather service said, with wind gusts up to 40 mph making travel hazardous.

 

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