We have to go back two winters to find a colder night than Omaha experienced this week.
Temperatures dropped to 1 degree below zero Wednesday morning, the first below-zero reading since Feb. 8, 2011, when the morning low dropped to minus 10 and the daytime high didn't climb above 4 degrees.
Omaha is in its warmest year on record, so this week's brief dip below zero felt harsher than it would in most winters.
Temperatures are forecast to rebound a little this weekend, and there's a hint of a warmer than normal start to January.
The U.S. Climate Prediction Center's latest six- to 14-day forecast indicates that the odds slightly favor warmer than normal weather for most of Nebraska and Iowa.
Of course, since this is when winter typically gets its coldest, we probably won't see warm weather — we might just dodge some bone-chilling cold.
Sources: National Weather Service, Valley; U.S. Climate Prediction Center; World-Herald archives.