A strong storm system is gathering momentum in the Rockies and snow is on the way to Nebraska. Scott Dergan is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Omaha and says the storm will be moving into the Plains later this afternoon and evening.
Dergan says, “Starting out with pretty good snowfalls in western parts Nebraska where anywhere from two to five inches could fall in the Panhandle up through the north-central parts of the state. In eastern Nebraska we are looking anywhere from one to four inches of snow from Columbus to the Wayne area northwest towards Norfolk and into South Dakota.”
Dergan says if you are traveling on I-80, conditions look good until you get past the Hastings, Grand Island, Kearney areas. Once you get closer to North Platte you will see more snow. Another concern is the wind. Dergan says north winds will be blowing 30 to 40 miles per hour and that could cause some travel problems with blowing snow and visibility. Areas toward Omaha could see some rain mixed with some wet snowflakes.
The good news is that temperatures will be back in the 50’s by Sunday and Dergan says the Thanksgiving travel forecast is calling for good weather.