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Warm start, but winter returns for February

February Outlook
Posted at 1:20 PM, Feb 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-03 18:19:50-05

What a start to February! Many of us enjoyed temperatures in the 50s and 60s over the weekend, but of course all good things must come to an end, especially during winter. Sunday night’s cold front brought our temperatures crashing down by 20-30 degrees, although much closer to our average high. There’s a lot of February left, so let’s check out what may be in store for us!

As for our February averages here in Omaha, our average high during the month is 38 degrees with an average low of 18 degrees. When it comes to snow, Eppley receives an average of 6.1 inches of snow. And we typically see just under an inch of rain during February, too.

I think it’s safe to say many of us enjoyed the warm up over the weekend, but now temperatures will be back to near average for much of the week ahead.

Looking ahead to the rest of the month, the Climate Prediction Center shows there’s not a clear signal about whether eastern Nebraska and western Iowa will see above or below average temperatures. So, we can probably expect a pretty “typical” February with temperatures a bit warmer on some days and a bit cooler on others thanks to the warm and cold fronts moving through the area.

As for precipitation, there is a chance for parts of southeastern Nebraska, southwestern Iowa, and northwestern Missouri to see some drier than average conditions. Omaha is right on the edge of the drier conditions. It would be a welcome change from the 27 inches of snow we received last February (sorry snow lovers).

While the month may be close to average overall, we're going to start of colder and wetter. The latest 8 to 14 day outlook from the CPC shows much colder air arriving during the 11-17th.

It also shows wetter than average conditions, too, which is no surprise since we've still got more winter left before spring arrives in March!