The first week of February was among the top 10 coldest on record for parts of south-central Nebraska.
In Hastings, temperatures averaged the eighth coldest on record for the first seven days of the month, according to the National Weather Service. Records date to 1908. The week's average temperature was 7.5 degrees.
Grand Island had its 11th coldest start, based on records dating to 1896.
The daily high and low in Grand Island for the first seven days of the month averaged 8.9 degrees.
The last time February started out so cold was 25 years ago in 1989, according to the weather service.
In Omaha, the first week of the month was cold, averaging nearly 11 degrees, but not as remarkably cold as in Hastings and Grand Island.
Barbara Mayes, meteorologist for the National Weather Service, said the first week of February ranked 20th coldest on record in Omaha. Records date to 1872.
This winter, Omaha has had an above average number of days with temperatures at or below zero, she said.
Monday morning was the 20th time the temperature dropped to zero or below this winter, Mayes said. On average, during the years 1981-2010, the temperature dropped that low 11 times per winter.
A welcome change arrives this week.
Temperatures have begun warming and by the weekend will in the 40s and 50s.
This weekend, Omaha is forecast to see highs in the 40s. Even warmer weather is forecast for western Nebraska.
Grand Island and Hastings could see highs in the 50s. Toward Scottsbluff, highs are forecast to reach 60 degrees.
Source: National Weather Service