It's going to be so cold over the next few days that receiving a lump of coal in your stocking on Christmas Day could actually wind up being a useful gift.
“We're going to struggle just to get up to 10 degrees Tuesday and Wednesday,” said Brian Edwards, a meteorologist with AccuWeather, The World-Herald's weather consultant. “Low temperatures will be well below zero through midweek.”
Edwards said a shot of arctic cold from Canada will affect most of Nebraska and all of western Iowa. Extreme western Nebraska could see high temperatures in the 20s, Edwards said, but the rest of the state and Iowa will be locked in a deep freeze.
Holiday travelers are advised to pack blankets and other emergency supplies in case they get stranded.
Shelters can expect wall-to-wall occupants as the homeless seek protection from the cold.
“We're going to be well below normal for this time of year, but the worst cold will be located in the eastern half of Nebraska and into western Iowa,” Edwards said. “A little bit of light snow is also expected from Lincoln westward to central Nebraska, but that shouldn't be very heavy.”
Edwards predicted that the skies will be clear to partly cloudy, with little wind except on Christmas Day. Winds on Tuesday could be between 15 mph and 20 mph.
A mild rebound in temperatures is forecast for Thursday and Friday, with highs in the 20s in eastern Nebraska and in the 30s and 40s farther west.
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