This week's unusually mild weather is expected to come crashing to an end this weekend, and the timing couldn't be much worse.
Severe storms are forecast to sweep across the region early Saturday evening as about 85,000 Husker fans exit Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, according to the National Weather Service.
Scott Dergan, meteorologist with the weather service, said strong, damaging winds will be the biggest threat, though some hail is possible.
Gusts of 30 mph to 35 mph are likely as a line of storms blows in.
Within individual storm cells, gusts could reach 50 mph to 60 mph, according to the weather service and AccuWeather Inc., The World-Herald's weather consultant.
Dergan advised people to monitor the forecast on Saturday. It's possible the storms will blow in earlier than expected, he said.
If storms develop as the game ends, Dergan suggested fans consider staying put while the worst blows through, which should take less than two hours.
A nearly 35-degree drop in daytime highs is forecast to occur from Saturday into Sunday as the storm front pushes through.
Highs on Saturday are forecast to be in the mid-70s, but on Sunday the mercury could struggle to reach the upper 30s. Sunday night is forecast to bring one of the coldest nights of the season, with lows in the upper teens to low 20s in Omaha.
No accumulating snow is forecast for the Omaha area, said Brian Edwards of AccuWeather, The World-Herald's weather consultant. Central and western Nebraska might see some snow, he said.
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