A harsh mix of severe weather has hit Nebraska with white out conditions in the Panhandle and a tornado watch in southeastern Nebraska.
Whiteout conditions out west have forced the Nebraska Department of Roads to close I-80 in the Panhandle. Westbound I-80 had been closed from North Platte. Now, NDOR has closed Westbound I-80 from Kearney. Westbound I-76 into Colorado has also been closed. As much as eight inches of snow has fallen on parts of western Nebraska. U.S. 385, U.S. 20, and Nebraska 71 have also been closed due to whiteout conditions.
Some weather spotters in Ogallala reported thunderstorms produced hail before turning into thundersnow as the temperature dropped.
The winter storm seems to be following the route taken by the last major storm which hit the state in early February with the heaviest snow falling on southwestern Nebraska, then moving through the Sand Hills, through northeastern Nebraska to South Sioux City. Snowfall could total four to eight inches.
Across the state, southeastern Nebraska has been placed under a tornado watch for a number of counties, including the city of Lincoln. Forecasters warn the storm could produce hail or even tornadoes. The tornado watch is scheduled to expire at 10 o’clock this evening.
The spring storms in southeastern Nebraska could turn into a wintry mix as the temperatures drop around midnight.
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