It looks like a white Christmas for the Panhandle.
Snowfall between five and eight inches is expected in the western Panhandle and a Winter Storm Warning takes effect this evening through 6:00 Thursday morning.
The National Weather Service says snow will start tonight and continue through Wednesday.
Winds could create some big problems. The Service is calling for 15 to 25-mile-per-hour winds during the storm with gusts up to 35-miles-per-hour. Blowing and drifting snow is possible and travel may become treacherous in spots.
Sidney, Kimball, Alliance, Harrisburg, Bridgeport, Chadron and areas in between are under the Warning.
The weather will be worse as you go eastward through the Panhandle. A Winter Storm Warning including Oshkosh and Chappell begins tonight at 5:00 and ends at 11:00 Christmas Eve night.
Some lucky locals are leaving early to beat the winter blast, others are holding out hope that the storm will finish up by Christmas to try and spend the holiday with family whose out of town.
(Thanks Dave Collins, KSID, Sidney)