A mild January gives way to a winter storm watch for Nebraska this first weekend in February.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for the state, predicting a storm will move from Colorado into the state. It could leave anywhere from four to 14 inches of snow in its wake.
Meteorologist Ken Siemek predicts winter returns with a vengeance this weekend.
“This one bears watching,” Siemek says. “It is certainly is, without question, going to be the most significant storm Nebraska has seen this entire winter. And they’re still talking about the potential of 10, 12, maybe up to 14 inches of snow in parts of western and central Nebraska.”
This winter storm should move from in Friday evening, hitting western Nebraska hard.
“We’ve got blizzard warnings in the far west,” according to Siemek. “We’re talking about west of North Platte in the Imperial and McCook areas and then winter storm warnings out around North Platte.”
It is a forecast so bleak that Speaker of the Legislature Mike Flood has announced that legislative hearings at the Capitol on Friday afternoon have been cancelled. The hearings have been rescheduled for Monday, February 13th, beginning at 9:30am. The legislature plans to only be in session for a couple of hours this morning so that members can get home ahead of the storm.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:40]