The rain that fell Thursday in the Omaha area is expected to be followed by cold conditions today.

Freezing temperatures were forecast this morning for the area west of Omaha, but the entire metro area will be wrapped in chilly weather, said Katie Gross, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Valley. Temperatures in Omaha will feel like they’re in the 30s most of the day .

The worst of the weekend weather should come tonight into Saturday morning, when a freeze watch will be in effect in Omaha. The low is forecast to be 30.

Saturday and Sunday are expected to be dry and sunny with highs of 55, Gross said.

“We do get closer to normal as we head into early next week,” she said.

Other parts of the state got an early taste of winter Thursday.

Snowfall that began late Wednesday or early Thursday dropped about 5 inches of snow near Chadron and 3 inches near Scottsbluff, according to Richard Emanuel, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

In the Omaha area, Eppley Airfield recorded 1.67 inches of rain from 1 a.m. to 10 a.m. Thursday. The Millard Airport recorded 1.86 inches and the Blair Airport had 1.55 inches, the weather service said.

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reece.ristau@owh.com, 402-444-1127

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Reece covers Sarpy County for The World-Herald. He's a born-and-raised Nebraskan and UNL grad who spent time in Oklahoma and Virginia before returning home. Follow him on Twitter @reecereports. Phone: 402-444-1127

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