Don't let Thursday's sunny skies and temperatures in the 40s fool you. The first winter storm of the new year may be on its way.
The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory Thursday afternoon for much of Southeast Nebraska, including Lancaster County.
As much as 2-3 inches of snow is possible for Lincoln, with up to 5 inches expected farther south toward the Kansas and Missouri borders.
According to the weather service, precipitation is likely to start as rain on Friday in the Lincoln area, with the high temperature expected to reach 40 degrees, and change over to snow sometime between 5 and 8 p.m. Accumulating snow is possible through Saturday afternoon.
Lincoln officials said that 15 crews will hit the streets just after midnight Friday morning to start applying anti-ice brine solution to arterial streets, school and bus routes.
Any snow that falls should not stick around long, however, as temperatures are forecast to be above freezing on Sunday with a high of 35, and in the low 40s on Monday and Tuesday.
January has been much warmer than usual so far, with the average temperature through the first 10 days of the month about 10 degrees above normal.