Bitter cold blew in Wednesday night with a low of minus 7 degrees and a wind chill as low as minus 18 degrees in North Platte, the National Weather Service in North Platte said. Wind chills are expected to dip to near 30 below across north central Nebraska, with the coldest air east of a line from Broken Bow to Valentine.
Wind gusts as high as 26 miles per hour are forecast.
Stout northeast winds of 7-17 mph, with gusts as high as 26, will continue through the night, driving the wind chill value to dangerous levels.
The sun will peek out Thursday, with a high near 22, but wind chill values will continue below zero in the morning
Thankfully, by Friday the temperature will warm up to near 50 degrees and warmer weather will continue through the weekend, the weather service said.