A quick warmup today and Friday will give way to a wet, cool weekend, forecasters say The metro might even see a rain-snow mix by Saturday night.
Today, the Omaha-Council Bluffs area is expected to enjoy temperatures in the low to mid-40s under sunny skies and southeast winds of 10 to 20 mph, said Rick Chermok, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Office in Valley, Neb., which serves eastern Nebraska and western Iowa.
Tonight's low will dip into the 20s, he said, before conditions warm up again Friday.
The high could climb into the lower 50s on Friday. Clouds are expected to move into the area by late afternoon, and they will determine how high the mercury climbs, Chermok said.
Friday night will bring a low temperature of around 40 degrees and a 70 percent chance of rain.
That chance of rain increases to 80 percent Saturday, with morning showers giving way to a possible break in the precipitation in the afternoon, Chermok said. Saturday's high will be near or just above 50.
Chermok said a 70 percent of a rain-snow mix and a low in the mid-30s are in the forecast for Saturday night.
The chance of a rain-snow mix continues into Sunday, and the high temperature should reach only the mid- to upper 30s.
“This system has the potential for some needed precipitation,'' Chermok said.
Eastern Nebraska and western Iowa could receive a half inch to 1 inch of precipitation total over the weekend, he said.