Update, 5:50 p.m.: The worst of the wind gusts appear to be over for the Lincoln-Omaha area.
At 5:25 p.m., the National Weather Service downgraded today's high wind warning to an advisory.
Winds will remain strong this evening, according to the weather service, but not as bad as earlier today.
Northwest winds of 25 mph to 35 mph with gusts of 45 mph are likely, but the stronger gusts will become lighter and more infrequent as the evening wears on, according to the weather service.
Driving will continue to be difficult tonight, and debris and reduced visibility may continue to be a problem, according to the weather service.
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Update: Seriously? Snow showers with this crazy wind?
Dave Fobert of the National Weather Service said the visibility-impairing snow showers shortly after 1 p.m. today were to be short-lived.
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The cold accompanying the Alberta Clipper that brought high winds to the region will deepen overnight and another windy day is forecast for Saturday.
Single-digit lows and a wind chill around 10 degrees below zero is forecast for Friday morning, according to the National Weather Service.
Dave Fobert, meteorologist with the NWS, said the biting cold will be brief. By Friday afternoon, mostly sunny skies and a high close to 30 degrees is forecast.
This morning, most of the strong wind gusts were clocked at 40 mph to 50 mph; much stronger gusts were expected in the afternoon.
Through about 10:30 a.m., Omaha's Eppley Airport recorded a wind gust of 54 mph, Lincoln, a 48 mph gust, and Millard and Offutt Air Force Base a gust of 46 mph.
Fobert said Saturday is expected to be a repeat of the type of winds that occurred on Tuesday – in other words, bad, but not as bad as today.
Today, a day long high-wind warning was issued from the Canadian border to northern Kansas and from the Wyoming border through Iowa.
Today was the first time in years that Omaha had been under a high wind warning. Rick Chermok, a meteorologist for the weather service, said Omaha hasn't been under a high wind warning since sometime prior to October 2007, when the searchable database began.
However, he said there was an autumn day in 2012 that could have qualified as a high wind day, based on the winds that occurred that day in Omaha.