Warm-up on the way across Nebraska and western Iowa after snow records fall

Warm-up on the way across Nebraska and western Iowa after snow records fall
Scott Aaron helps clean up a large branch Sunday that succumbed to the heavy snow and fell, blocking part of a street in Papillion. The branch fell from a tree in the yard of Scott’s parents, Phil and Debbie Aaron. (JOE DEJKA/THE WORLD-HERALD)

Warmer weather is on the way after snowfall records fell in Omaha and Lincoln on Sunday.

In Omaha, 1.4 inches of snow was recorded at Eppley Airfield on Sunday, although other areas around the city had higher amounts. Omaha’s previous mark for Oct. 14 came in 2007, when a trace of snow fell, said Corey Mead, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Valley.

Lincoln reported 3.5 inches of snow. Any snow would have been a record, because snow had not been recorded on Oct. 14 since the capital city began keeping records in 1948, Mead said.

A record also fell in Valentine, where 3 inches of snow fell, besting the previous mark of a trace, which was set in 1987, according to Brandon Thorne of the National Weather Service office in North Platte.

Northwest winds of 6 to 10 mph are expected to help lift the temperature in Omaha on Monday to 48 degrees. Tuesday, a high of 60 degrees is expected, followed by several days with highs in the 50s, according to the weather service.

The forecast is much the same across Nebraska and western Iowa. After reaching highs in the upper 40s on Monday, temperatures should climb into the mid-50s across the region due to warm, westerly winds.

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