The old saying about waiting 10 minutes if you don’t like the weather in Nebraska won’t apply this week.
Another cold front is expected to drop from Canada into Nebraska and western Iowa today and hang around for most of the week. It will strengthen its grip Tuesday and Wednesday, according to Brian Edwards, a meteorologist with AccuWeather, The World-Herald’s weather consultant.
The good news for Thanksgiving travelers is that little precipitation is expected.
“It’s actually a pretty quiet weather pattern that will drape down from Canada into Texas for some time,” Edwards said.
Sunday’s afternoon high temperature of 31 degrees at Eppley Airfield was accompanied by a good dose of sunshine, enabling some people in the metro area to get outdoors.
Becky Kern, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Valley, said isolated light rain or freezing drizzle could accompany the cold front, but it shouldn’t affect travel.
“There will be some good travel days around here for the holidays,” she said. “Back east is where the precipitation will be.”
Edwards said high temperatures today are expected to top out in the mid-30s across Nebraska and western Iowa before dipping into the mid-20s on Tuesday. Low temperatures in the single digits are forecast for Tuesday and Wednesday.
“The good part is there will be a lot of sunshine Tuesday and Wednesday, but it will still be pretty cold,” Edwards said.
A brief warm-up is forecast on Thanksgiving Day, with winds mostly out of the south and a high temperature of 35, he said. Friday’s predicted high is a relatively balmy 40 degrees.
“Looking ahead, the first weekend of December could be even colder than this coming week, with temperatures well below freezing,” Edwards said.
That forecast should cheer ice skaters awaiting Saturday’s opening of the rink on the Nebraska Medical Center campus. The rink is located between 40th and 42nd Streets and Dewey Avenue and Emile Street.
The ice rink on the ConAgra Foods campus at 10th and Harney Streets opens Dec. 13.