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Officially, "normal" weather in Nebraska just became a tad warmer and wetter. But recent years of unusually cold Februarys and cool springs — think 2021 — have helped mute the overall warming.

Lincoln has flirted with winter weather a couple of times this fall, but Friday might be the first time it actually gets a date.

The coldest weather of the season is set to descend on the area, with high temperatures not expected to make it out of the 30s, and winds that will make it feel much colder.

The National Weather Service is forecasting a high Friday of only 35 degrees in Lincoln, which would be the lowest daily high temperature since Feb. 19. There is a small chance of some snow flurries, but no accumulation is expected. Some areas of northeast Nebraska could see accumulating snow, however.

The real issue is likely to be the wind. The weather service said much of eastern Nebraska will see northwest winds gusting up to 50-55 mph.

Lincoln and other areas of eastern Nebraska are in a wind advisory until 6 p.m. Some areas farther north and west are in a high wind warning, which also lasts until 6 p.m. Friday.

The high winds could lead to wind chills in the teens and 20s, the weather service said, and could also make travel difficult for high-profile vehicles such as semi trucks.

The good news is that the cold blast is only expected to stick around for one day. High temperatures are forecast to rebound to near 50 degrees Saturday and Sunday. Even warmer temperatures are on tap for next week, with the high Tuesday forecast to reach the mid-60s.

Reach the writer at 402-473-2647 or molberding@journalstar.com.

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This article originally ran on journalstar.com.

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