This will be one of those great weekends where the weather provides a perfect backdrop for holiday outings or other outdoor fun.
But watch out for next week. A serious shot of winter could arrive. How the incoming system interacts with moisture from the Gulf of Mexico will determine if we get rain or snow and if it's merely cold or freezing cold.
This weekend, though, partly to mostly sunny skies and highs in the mid- to upper 40s are forecast in Omaha, according to the National Weather Service. Winds won't be bad — about 5 mph to 7 mph out of the north, northwest.
If you're making outdoor plans, here's how Omaha's forecast breaks down for today and Sunday:
» 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.: Morning starts with temperatures in the upper 20s, slowly rising into the low 30s.
» 10 a.m. to noon: Daytime warmup kicks in; temperatures rise about 10 degrees, reaching about 40 degrees by noon.
» Noon to 2 p.m.: Temperatures peak around 2 p.m. in the mid-40s.
» 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.: Temperatures gradually drop back in the low 40s and continue to drop into the 30s with no significant wind.
Lighting ceremonies, live music and arts events are planned this weekend. Some highlights:
• Aksarben Village: Lighting ceremony, Santa and guitarist Chris Saub, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in a heated tent.
• The Village Pointe: Lighting ceremony and festivities, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
• 24th and Lake Streets area: Lighting ceremony, 5 p.m.
• La Plaza de La Raza, 24th and N Streets: Lights will be illuminated from L to Q Streets, 5:45 p.m.
• Durham Museum: "Christmas at Union Station," Family activities, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.; tree lighting about 6 p.m.
Saturday (and every Saturday through Dec. 28) • Old Market: Live music, holiday caroling, holiday lights, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Want some outdoor exercise?
Several area golf courses will be open this weekend, including Elmwood and Westwood.
The ice rink at Eugene T. Mahoney State Park has opened for the season. Hours this weekend are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Fee applies.