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What to expect from the rest of winter

January 25, 2022 | Jason Kuiper | weather

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Late January and early February in Nebraska can mean only one thing: a weather forecast calling for bitter, bone-chilling cold, right?

Maybe, but not necessarily, according to DTN, which provides OPPD and other energy companies with weather predictions. DTN recently released its outlook  for the second half of winter.

The current winter has been a light La Nina, said Jeff Johnson, a DTN meteorologist. For parts of the nation, including Nebraska, winter has been a roller coaster affair, featuring some bitter cold, some wind storms and even some tornadoes in December.

Overall, winter has been abnormally mild to start, Johnson said, taking an unusual turn with the spring-like storms.

Winter’s second half

The rest of the winter could see slightly lower than normal temperatures in early February, according to DTN’s weather forecast. Above normal temperatures may close out the month and kick off March.

Snowfall could be slightly above average for the rest of the winter. Forecasters said it’s hard to gauge the chances of a polar vortex like we saw last year, with record-low temperatures.

A strong polar vortex, would stay north in Canada, with the frigid air remaining bottled up. But a weak polar vortex would likely break up into smaller parts and leak down into our area, bringing frigid cold spells.

Whatever winter has in store for us the rest of the way – wild or mild – people in Nebraska know to expect the unexpected and prepared for whatever winter throws our way.

WEA_Winter II 2022 DTN map

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About Jason Kuiper

Jason Kuiper joined OPPD as a communications specialist in 2015. He is a former staff writer and reporter at the Omaha World-Herald, where he covered a wide range of topics but spent the majority of his career covering crime. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha and has also appeared in several true crime documentary shows. In his free time he enjoys cooking, spending time with his wife and three children, and reading crime novels.

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