Colder days loom, so keep scarves handy -
Published Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 1:00 am / Updated at 12:21 pm
Colder days loom, so keep scarves handy

Enjoy the warm, springlike weather.

Rain is likely to mar Easter egg hunts on Saturday, and chillier-than-normal air will flow back into the region early next week, according to AccuWeather Inc.

Easter Sunday, however, is still expected to be pleasant, with highs in the mid-50s in Omaha and partly cloudy skies.

The chilly weather returning next week is part of a larger trend expected to bring below-normal temperatures to most of the United States through mid-April, according to the U.S. Climate Prediction Center.

Nebraska is on the western edge of this flush of cold air from Canada, but Iowa is directly in its path. So the Hawkeye State has even greater odds of being colder than normal for the next couple of weeks, according to the center.

Today through the weekend, Omaha's daytime highs are forecast to reach the 50s, AccuWeather and the National Weather Service said.

Elkhorn High School baseball dad Dave Lassek pours field topping onto the Frerichs Legion Field base path Wednesday to prepare for a game against Roncalli Catholic High School. JAMES R. BURNETT/THE WORLD-HERALD

Brian Lada, meteorologist with AccuWeather, The World-Herald's weather consultant, said Monday's high could be in the mid-40s, but depending on what happens this weekend, it could struggle to climb out of the 30s.

“We're in a cooler trend for the next couple of weeks,” Lada said. “There might be a couple of days where it quickly warms up before cooling down, but overall, the trend is cooler.”

The average high in Omaha for today is 57 degrees, and by April 4 the average high reaches 60, according to the National Weather Service.

So, as a result of a higher “normal” temperature, below-normal temperatures over the next couple of weeks aren't likely to be as miserable as they were at the start of March, Lada said.

Lada said another chance of rain and possibly weak snow showers will occur Sunday night into Monday, but that round of precipitation is not expected to be as strong as Saturday's.

At the end of next week, another brief warmup to near normal temperatures is possible, he said.

Contact the writer: 402-444-1102,

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Contact the writer: Nancy Gaarder    |   402-444-1102    |  

Nancy writes about weather, including a blog, Nancy's Almanac. She enjoys explaining the science behind weather and making weather stories relevant in daily life.

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