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Early Signs Show Mild Winter, Experts Say Still Early to Precisely Tell

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By: Leah Uko

luko@kptm.com

OMAHA (KPTM) – Weather experts said it is too early to tell whether or not Omaha will have a brutal winter this year, but signs did show Tuesday that out of there is a 30-40 percent chance of mild temperatures.

According to meteorologist, Barbara Mayes with National Weather Service in Omaha, since 1980, the trend for winters have been mild because of climate change. For Omaha, "mild" means highs of 24 through 27 degrees.

"Whether it's a mild winter or a hard winter, Omaha is still going to get snow," Mayes said. "We're in the kind of climate that gets snow."

Mayes, who was tracking patterns on her computer, said there were no signs of a La Nina or El Nino coming to Nebraska from other parts of the country. She explained that other factors would help her tell what this winter will be like.

She explained that checking the soil and weather up north would help during November because when it snows up north, cold air moves into Omaha.

"Being in the middle of the county does make it a little harder for us to see some of the influences of these patterns."

With the recent overcasts and rain during late summer and early fall, some people may have questioned if those were signs of an icy and snowy winter. Mayes, again, said it was too early to determine that. She added that in between seasons such as spring and fall should be interpreted lightly because winter—like last year's—could come a little later than usual.

Something she will be tracking these next couple of months.

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