Nebraska remains in winter’s grip, but Alaska is warmer than normal

Nebraska remains in winter’s grip, but Alaska is warmer than normal
Carl Logan of Omaha shovels snow with co-workers from Elite Landscaping near the intersection of 10th Street and Capitol Avenue on Saturday. BRENDAN SULLIVAN/THE WORLD-HERALD

Alaska apparently has what usually is Nebraska’s warm(er) weather, and it’s not letting go.

Average highs in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa are expected to remain below normal through mid-March, AccuWeather meteorologist Paul Pastelok said Monday. Temperatures are forecast to stay below freezing through next week.

Typically, he said, high temperatures would be in the mid-40s in the Omaha area this time of year.

Omaha set a record Monday with a low of minus 7 degrees at 7 a.m., breaking the old record for this date of minus 2, set in 1965, the National Weather Service said.

Area residents should brace for another blast of Arctic air this coming weekend, with high temperatures expected to be in the teens Saturday, dropping to the single digits Sunday.

“You guys have kind of gotten cursed with extreme cold at the tail end of winter,” said Pastelok, who is based in Pennsylvania. “Alaska temperatures are about 33 to 39 degrees above normal. The last couple days in Barrow, Alaska, for instance, it’s been 27 to 30 degrees, when their average (high) is 8 below.”