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Chilly, wet weather is forecast for the next two days for the Omaha and Lincoln metro areas, as a huge storm moves across the nation, according to the National Weather Service.
The two metro areas could receive an inch of moisture by the time the storm moves out Thursday night, said Van DeWald, meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
As new weather systems move in, Sunday could bring another round of showers, and early next week, a rain-snow mix could occur, he said.
"I don't think we're done with the snow yet," DeWald said.
Still, the Omaha and Lincoln metro areas are getting the better end of this week's storm.
Authorities have closed a portion of Interstate 80 in western Nebraska because of hazardous driving conditions caused by a spring storm.
The state Department of Roads said Wednesday that the westbound lanes of the interstate are closed between Big Springs in western Nebraska and the Wyoming state line. The Wyoming Department of Transportation requested the closure due to hazardous driving conditions in Wyoming.
Most of Missouri, eastern Iowa, Illinois and portions of other states are at risk of flooding, as heavy rains fall on already saturated ground. Thunderstorms in Chicago Wednesday morning led to delayed or canceled flights, backing up travel at other airports, including Omaha's Eppley Airfield.
Today in the Omaha and Lincoln metro areas, drizzly weather and occasional showers are likely, with severe storms staying further south, DeWald said.
Tonight, a fresh surge of soaking rains are forecast, DeWald said.
Of the next two days, Thursday is likely to be the more unpleasant one in the metro areas because temperatures will be dropping and winds picking up, DeWald said.
If Lincoln and Omaha metro areas see snow tonight and Thursday, less than an inch of accumulation is expected, DeWald said.
Northeast Nebraska, especially northwest of a line from Wayne to Columbus, could see 2 inches to 4 inches of snow from this storm, DeWald said.
In Omaha, highs today are forecast in the upper 40s, on Thursday they're forecast in the upper 30s.
Today's winds are forecast out of the northeast around 11 mph, while Thursday's are forecast to shift to the northwest at 18 mph to 22 mph, gusting to slightly more than 30 mph, according to the weather service.
Friday is expected to be partly sunny and windy, with highs in the mid to upper 40s.
Saturday is likely to start out cold, with a low around 30 degrees, but then warm up to the mid-50s. Skies are forecast to be partly sunny.
On Sunday, temperatures are forecast in the upper 50s. Rain is possible.
Forecasts are continuing to evolve for next week, but Monday and Tuesday could be wet, with a rain-snow mix possible on Tuesday.