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Snow Returns Thursday Night, Followed by Brutal Cold

Dangerous wind chills this weekend
Posted at 4:51 PM, Jan 10, 2024
and last updated 2024-01-11 00:01:35-05

We'll see some sunshine for a few hours on Thursday morning, but we start the day cold. Many of us will be in the low teens with wind chills near -3.

Thursday will gradually become a cloudy day and breezier by the afternoon. Highs will reach the upper teens to near 20.

By the late afternoon, widespread snow will start to move into the region, picking up Thursday evening and night. While the evening commute should be ok, snow accumulations will begin around 6-8pm for the Metro. So, make sure you have any errands done before then. The snow will continue into Friday morning. This will be a light, fluffy snow. Unlike Monday, temperatures will be in the teens, and we won't see any melting. It will be lighter and easier for you to clear off your driveway, but crews will find it harder to melt off the roads.

Any small change in moisture with this system will make a big difference to snow totals, because there isn't much moisture in this kind of snow. So, stay tuned for any updates in the snow total forecast. For now, we're thinking cities north of the Omaha metro will see about 2-5 inches of snow. For the Omaha metro and everyone farther south, we could see 4-7 inches of snow by Friday morning.

There will be near white-out, blizzard-like conditions overnight Thursday due to high winds, but this should begin to improve heading into Friday morning.

Scattered snow showers will continue into Friday morning, clearing up by early Friday afternoon. It will be a cold and windy day with temperatures falling throughout the day, down to around 3 degrees around sunset. High winds will cause for blowing and drifting snow.

The worst of the cold comes over the holiday weekend. Saturday starts below zero, and it only warms into the low single digits. Sunday will start in the teens below zero, and we stay below zero all day! Wind chills over the weekend likely drop below -30 at times.

Now is the time to make the final preparations for this brutal cold. Have your car battery checked before the weekend, finish winterizing your home, and protect the pipes that could freeze.

For the M.L.K. holiday and Iowa caucus Monday, we start in the negative teens again but should get a little closer to 0 for the afternoon with a little sunshine.

Tuesday will be in the single digits with more sunshine, and we'll get back into the teens later in the week.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT
Mostly Cloudy
Cold
Low: 12

THURSDAY
Morning Sun
Snow Late
High: 18

FRIDAY
Snow Early
Windy
High: 10

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