First, the good news: The deep freeze will be short-lived.
After highs barely into the double digits Sunday and Monday and single-digit lows five of the past six days, Lincoln is in for a significant warmup.
The National Weather Service is forecasting a high of 28 degrees Tuesday and highs in the 30s and possibly even 40s for at least the next week. After Tuesday, low temperatures also are expected to be 5-10 degrees above average for at least the next several days.
The Air Park resident's son got out with his skates on and seemed to glide around the neighborhood as effortlessly as he would on an ice rink.
That's perfect timing, according to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Lincoln Weather and Climate website, which shows that Jan. 21 is the day on which the average daily high starts getting warmer, going from 35 to 36 degrees, as we start a slow climb out of winter toward spring.
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It's not all good news, though.
There are several chances for rain, freezing rain and snow, starting early Wednesday morning, when up to an inch of snow may fall before changing to rain later in the day.
There also are smaller chances of rain and snow Thursday and Friday.
The long-range forecast calls for normal to above-normal temperatures for the next couple of weeks.
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