Nebraskans are urged to prepare for a powerful winter storm. Corey Mead is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Omaha and says it was already snowing in southwest and central Nebraska at 10 a.m. That system will continue to move to the northeast.
Mead says, “The band of heaviest snow is expected to occur from south central Nebraska through northeast Nebraska, probably just north of the Omaha, Lincoln areas. Along that path we are forecasting amounts anywhere from 11 to 13-inches and on either side of that track people can expect 8 to 10-inches. Then when you get to far northeast Nebraska, near Yankton, South Dakota, snow amounts maybe 4 to 6 inches.”
Mead says the North Platte area can expect 4 to 8 inches of snow, Grand Island 11 to 13 inches and the Omaha metro area anywhere from 8 to 12 inches.
Mead says another issue will be the wind. He says, “We can expect strengthing wind out of the northeast tonight. Those winds will change to the north on Tuesday and increase to sustained 20 to 30-MPH with gusts to 40-MPH.” He says that will create blizzard conditions from south-central Nebraska to northeast Nebraska and into western Iowa.”