Blizzard warnings are in effect in Iowa and Minnesota, where some areas expect more than a foot of snow.
Meteorologist Van DeWald, at the National Weather Service office in Valley, says a Winter Weather Advisory is posted for about 30 eastern Nebraska counties.
“We have moderate snow continuing across much of eastern Nebraska and western Iowa,” DeWald says. “Visibility is down to a half-mile at times and winds are blowing at about 20 to 30 miles an hour.” He says snowfall in Nebraska won’t be anywhere near as deep as in neighboring Iowa.
“We’re looking at anywhere from two to four inches of snow across the area,” DeWald says. “Road temperatures are running in the lower 30s so we’re seeing some melting on the roadways but accumulation on the grassy surfaces.”
Just a few days ago, parts of the region saw near-record high temperatures in the low 60s which is very unseasonable for February. He says we shouldn’t expect a repeat anytime soon.
“We’re not going to have the warm weather like we did before,” DeWald says. “We probably will get back into the 40s and lower 50s tomorrow so it will help melt quite a bit.”
This is February 20th and some may take comfort in recognizing March 20th will be the first day of spring. Still, DeWald says he wouldn’t advise putting away the snow shovel for a while.
“Unfortunately, we do get some of our bigger snows into March and even into April,” DeWald says, “so winter’s not over yet.”
Learn more about the changing forecast at www.weather.gov.