Overall, it has been a warm start to January here in Omaha. In fact, out highs have been above average for every day so far, except for the 1st when we only reached a high of 15 degrees. While this trend looks to continue for the most part, we do have an abundance of cold fronts that are impacting the area over the next couple of days.
Cold front number one came through early Monday morning. This cold front won’t bring us much in the form of colder air, but it did bring a few spotty rain showers and a wind shift. The wind will continue to be breezy for the rest of the day, now out of the northwest and with gusts up to about 30 mph. On the plus side, temperatures will still make it back into the 50s today.
Cold front number two will arrive in Omaha early Tuesday morning. This front is not expected to bring any moisture with it but will start to pull in some cooler air with temperatures only making it into the mid 40s in the afternoon. Of course, mid 40s are still about 10 degrees above average for the beginning of January. The wind will stay breezy from the northwest with gusts between about 30-35 mph.
Cold front number three looks to make its arrival on Tuesday evening. This is the one that will be bringing in the colder air for us. Temperatures will drop to near 20 degrees by the start of Wednesday and only back it back into the low 30s for most of us on Wednesday afternoon. It will still be a bit of a breezy day, but not quite as back with winds still from the northwest and gusts between 15-20 mph.
Although mid 30s is right where we should be for average afternoon highs now, it will be a slight shock to the system after being spoiled with highs in the 50s. Don’t worry, we’ll start warming back up on Thursday.