Hold on for the weekend – sunnier skies and warming temperatures are forecast, with the mercury possibly reaching the lows 70s on Saturday and Sunday.
The warmer weekend could signal a shift away from this rainy, significantly colder-than-normal weather, according to Rick Chermok, meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
"The pattern does look like it's changing to warmer next week and beyond," he said. "Let's keep our fingers crossed.
Steady rain is likely this afternoon into the evening, so the commute is expected to be rainy, Chermok said.
Whether any snow accumulates overnight depends upon timing, he said. A cold front is expected to slide into the region as most of the rain comes to an end tonight and lows are forecast to bottom out around 31 degrees, he said.
Chilly air will define the weather through Tuesday night.
Despite some sunshine on Tuesday, the day is forecast to be 10 degress or more colder than today and winds could gust to nearly 30 mph. A hard frost is possible Tuesday night, with a low of 27 degrees forecast.
On Wednesday and Thursday, the warmup is forecast to begin. Highs could climb into the 50s, reaching the mid-60s on Friday.
There is a chance for rain Wednesday and Friday.
Saturday and Sunday, if the forecast holds, highs could be around 70 degrees.
Twenty-four hour rainfall totals, as of 7 a.m. Monday:
• Lincoln: .91 inches
• Plattsmouth: .77 inches
• Omaha-Eppley Airfield: .67 inches
• Offutt Air Force: .58 inches
• Omaha-Millard: .42 inches
• Columbus: .34 inches
• Blair: .29 inches
• Fremont: .24 inches
• Valley: .20 inches