Eww! This medicine doesn't taste so good.
More rain and snow are forecast this week as another major storm crosses the country, and chilly weather could linger into May.
The cool, wet weather will bring additional relief to the drought-stricken Midlands. But it's more than a little irritating to folks ready to get outdoors and shed their winter doldrums.
Eastern Nebraska could see an inch of rain, according to the National Weather Service. Most of the rain in the Omaha metro area is forecast to fall Wednesday. A second, lighter round is possible over the weekend, too.
Heavier rain — several inches — is possible across much of Iowa and Missouri, renewing the possibility of flooding.
Near-blizzard conditions are forecast for western Nebraska today into Wednesday. The National Weather Service instituted a winter storm warning Monday night that remains in effect at least through today.
Mike Pigott, a meteorologist with AccuWeather Inc., The World-Herald's weather consultant, said this week's storm will follow a path nearly identical to last week's.
Laden with moisture, the storm could drop 6 inches to 12 inches of snow in the far western Panhandle, he said.
The long-term forecast calls for cooler-than-average temperatures to last into mid-May for Nebraska and western Iowa, said Tom Kines, also a meteorologist with AccuWeather. Normal daytime temperatures for Omaha in mid-April average in the mid-60s. By the start of May, they have risen to an average of nearly 70 degrees.
“It's going to be awhile before we see that,” Kines said. “It looks like we'll stay in this real cool weather pattern not only this week and next week, but on into May.”
Through Friday, highs in the upper 40s are expected in the Omaha metro area, with lows mostly in the 30s but dropping into the upper 20s Thursday night.
As temperatures drop Thursday and the backside of the storm moves through, the rain could shift to snow, according to AccuWeather.
Kines attributed the chilly weather pattern to a cold front dipping down from Canada. So far it hasn't yielded to warm air from the south, and the jet stream has remained farther south than normal for this time of year.
“Until (the jet stream) moves northward, this is what we get,” Kines said.
“Omaha could see some days that get above normal, but I don't see a weather pattern that will produce a prolonged warm spell happening any time soon,” he said.
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