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Forecast: Nice and warm Wednesday and over the weekend

February 15, 2018 GMT

Who’s ready for a nice warm-up?

A warming trend was to begin Tuesday across eastern Nebraska and southwest Iowa as temperatures start to climb.

The National Weather Service office in Valley said Tuesday in the Omaha area was forecast to be mostly sunny with a high temperature in the upper 30s. Tuesday night’s low will slide into just the mid-20s.

Wednesday, temperatures really take off under mostly sunny skies. Expect a high in the upper 40s to near 50, forecasters said. Wednesday night’s low will fall to just the upper 20s.

The weather service said the Omaha area will feel a temperature drop Thursday and Friday — highs in the mid-30s and mid-20s and overnight lows in the upper single digits to mid-teens. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph Friday.

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The weekend, however, will mark a return to warmth, with highs in the mid-40s on Saturday and the mid- to upper 40s on Sunday. Overnight lows will drop into the low to mid-20s.

Meanwhile, a KMTV meteorologist, Ryan McPike, said Tuesday that Omaha is officially 5 inches below the norm for snowfall by mid-February.

He said Eppley Airfield has reported 12.9 inches of snow so far for December through mid-February. The normal amount to date is 17.9 inches, he said.

Totals in inches so far for Omaha: December, 3.6; January, 3.3; February, 6.0.