September 17, 2014

Tornado to the east, blizzard to west as Nebraska gets hit hard

Spring-like storms are hitting eastern Nebraska, while winter-like storms are hittting western Nebraska.

As residents of Wayne assess the damage and pick up the pieces from a tornado that touched down late in the afternoon Friday, residents of the Panhandle cope with a snowstorm.

The National Weather Service in Omaha reports the tornado destroyed a farm house. It’s not known if anyone was in the house at the time. No injuries have been reported. Reports have surfaced from various storm spotters that a number of houses have been destroyed south of Wayne.

A few businesses have reported damage from the storm. The homecoming football game and dance scheduled for this evening in Wayne has been cancelled.

A tornado watch until 10 o’clock this evening has been issued for the following Nebraska counties: Antelope, Boone, Burt, Butler, Cass, Cedar, Colfax, Cuming, Dakota, Dixon, Dodge, Douglas, Gage, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Lancaster, Madison, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, Pierce, Platte, Richardson, Saline, Sarpy, Saunders, Seward, Stanton, Thurston, Washington and Wayne.

Also included are the following Iowa counties: Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Monona, Montgomery, Page, Pottawattamie, Shelby and Woodbury.

Meanwhile, to the west, it is snowing, really snowing.

Up to 18 inches of snow could fall on the Panhandle.

The National Weather Service in Cheyenne, WY reports Chadron began receiving a mix of rain and snow Friday morning.

The NWS issued a blizzard warning early this morning. The area from Scottsbluff to Alliance is predicted to total between a foot to a foot-and-a-half of snow. The area south of Scottsbluff might catch somewhat of a break, with accumulations expected to total between 4 and 10 inches of snow.

The Black Hills in South Dakota have already received a foot of snow, with as much as three feet expected by the time the storm ends.

Local officials have warned residents not to travel until the blizzard passes.

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