A winter storm watch is in effect for portions of eastern Nebraska Sunday afternoon through late Monday night. Cathy Zapotocny is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Omaha and says ice could move into southern Nebraska Saturday night but the big push won’t come until later.
Zapotocny says, “It is a pretty significant storm system. Sunday night is actually when we have the ice accumulating. There could be some quarter-inch amounts Sunday night into Monday. The warm air is trying to push into southeast Nebraska so that will help with some of those ice accumulations on Monday.”
A big factor will be the temperatures. Zapotocny says that is what they are watching closely. She says, “The ground temperatures are the biggest thing between the rain and the snow. Saturday night is when we could see a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain. On Sunday the snow moves northward and the freezing rain becomes more likely on Sunday for areas south of I-80. North of I-80 is more snow.”
Zapotocny says there are still some weather model differences as to how far that north warm air will make it. Right now, temperatures north of I-80 will be below freezing and south trying to warm up on Monday. However, she says there is still a lot of uncertainty regarding those temperatures.
Due to the significance of this storm system it is important that Nebraskans watch weather forecasts carefully and be prepared to alter travel plans.