Forecast: Up-and-down temps; snow possible on New Year's Day -
Published Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 12:00 am / Updated at 3:49 am
Forecast: Up-and-down temps; snow possible on New Year's Day

The holiday week ahead has a little something for everyone: a brisk New Year's Eve, perhaps a light blanket of snow on New Year's Day and warmer weather over the weekend.

Paul Walker, a meteorologist with AccuWeather, The World-Herald's weather consultant, said the Omaha area could see 1 to 3 inches of snow on New Year's Day as a weak storm system moves across the nation's midsection.

For New Year's Eve:

Evening hours: During family-friendly events such as Omaha's 7 p.m. downtown fireworks show and Council Bluffs' First Night family festivities, including a 10 p.m. fireworks show, temperatures in the area are likely to be in the low 20s and dropping. Winds of 10 to 12 mph will make it feel like it's about 12 degrees, he said.

After midnight: Revelers heading home after ringing in the New Year could encounter flurries with temperatures in the upper teens and dropping, and wind chills around 10 degrees.

Cold weather is forecast New Year's Day and Thursday, with highs in the midteens, according to AccuWeather. But it could be colder. The National Weather Service is forecasting single-digit highs on Thursday.

By Friday and Saturday, highs could reach the low to mid-30s. Mostly sunny skies were forecast for Friday.

A slight chance of snow returns Saturday night into Sunday. Highs on Sunday were expected in the low 20s.

The up-and-down temperatures continue a pattern that started over the weekend. After a balmy Friday and Saturday, Sunday was downright ugly.

AccuWeather said Sunday's dangerous wind chills of 20 to 30 degrees below zero were created by an Arctic cold front dropping down over much of the Plains. Winds of 25 mph to 30 mph caused the deep freeze.

Contact the writer: Nancy Gaarder    |   402-444-1102    |  

Nancy writes about weather, including a blog, Nancy's Almanac. She enjoys explaining the science behind weather and making weather stories relevant in daily life.

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