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Enjoy today — snow and rain in the forecast

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The nice fall weather is about to make an abrupt -- albeit brief -- turn.

After another day of above-normal temperatures in the mid-60s on Tuesday, a strong storm system will move out of the Rocky Mountains and drop snow in western Nebraska and rain in other parts of the state. An outbreak of severe storms is possible on Wednesday.

"This is a classic winter storm that is coming out of eastern Colorado," said Van DeWald, meteorologist with the National Weather Service Office in Valley.

Forecasters say the storm will move northeast across northern Kansas into southeastern Nebraska through Wednesday afternoon. Strong northerly winds will develop across most of western and north-central Nebraska.

By Wednesday afternoon, winds could gust to 40 to 50 mph.

DeWald said areas of western Nebraska could get several inches of snow, but as the storm moves eastward across the state the snow will change to rain. Thunderstorms could develop late Tuesday night in Lincoln and other parts of eastern Nebraska.

For some, the precipitation will be welcomed. The Lincoln Airport has reported just half an inch of rain since Sept. 30.

After a few cool days -- highs will hold in the 50s on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in Lincoln -- forecasters predict sunny skies and highs climbing to near 60 on Saturday and Sunday.

The normal high temperature for mid-November is near 50 degrees.

In Lincoln, the biggest threat from the system expected to hit Wednesday will be hail up to an inch in diameter and winds gusting to 40 mph or more.

But DeWald said there is also a slight chance tornadoes could develop south of Interstate 80 Wednesday morning.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7243 or alaukaitis@journalstar.com.

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