The winter storm forecast by the National Weather Service has arrived in western Nebraska.
Snow is falling out west with winds gusting up to 50 miles per hour.
National Weather Service – Omaha Meteorologist Scott Dergan says that system will move through the state throughout the day, moving to eastern Nebraska this afternoon and evening. The most snow will likely fall in northeastern Nebraska, generally north of Columbus and Tekamah. Those near the South Dakota border could see anywhere from 3 to 7 inches of snowfall.
Dergan says it is the total opposite forecast in the southern part of the state.
“A little further to the south there is the potential for some severe thunderstorms this afternoon, especially in southeast Nebraska and southwest Iowa where a warm front will be setting up,” Dergan says. “There will be some storms popping somewhere between 2 and 5 p.m. and probably be in the Beatrice to Nebraska City line and to the south. Some of those storms could produce some hail and maybe some gusty winds as well.”
Dergan says there could also be some thunderstorms along the I-80 corridor as well, but they won’t be severe.
That storm system will extend into central Nebraska, south-central Nebraska through the afternoon with rain and possibly some thunder. This evening, the system will move to the east and the east-central part of the state and could changeover to cold rain and eventually to light snow.