The coldest air of the year has arrived. Temperatures fell below zero across the entire area Monday morning and in many cases colder than 10 below. Temperatures will recover a little today, January 6, but in some areas they will remain below zero. Combined with northwest winds of 15 to 25 mph, dangerous wind chills of -20 to -35 are expected much of today.
As cold as the weather will be, it is unlikely to break any temperature records. The record cold readings for January 6 are listed below. None of these locations are currently forecast to reach these cold extremes.
Also, while these cold temperatures don't happen every year in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa, they aren't terribly rare, either. Low temperatures have reached -15 or colder within the last few years. High temperatures haven't stayed below zero in 17 years in Omaha, 18 years in Lincoln, and 6 years in Norfolk.