The calendar says early fall but the forecast says it’s the dead of winter, as heavy snow is already flying.
In western Nebraska, a blizzard warning is posted for Sioux, Scottsbluff, Dawes and Box Butte counties. That covers several cities, including: Chadron, Scottsbluff, Alliance and Harrison. The blizzard warning extends into Colorado, Wyoming and South Dakota. Some areas are experiencing white-out conditions.
Forecasters say 12 to 20 inches of snow is possible and the roads will soon become trecherous. While far western Nebraska is being whalloped, much of the rest of the state is under winter storm warnings, winter weather advisories and strong wind advisories — stretching as far east as Valentine.
A tornado reportedly touched down in eastern Nebraska late last night. Reports say the twister struck near Hickman in Lancaster County and moved toward the towns of Bennet and Palmyra before spinning out.
Storm damage is reported in several communities, including Plattsmouth. No injuries are reported. Lincoln reports receiving more than two inches of rain overnight.