Nearly all of Nebraska is under a winter weather advisory issued by the National Weather Service.
National Weather Service Meteorologist Cindy Fay in the Hastings office says nearly the entire state is getting wet, in various ways.
“Right now, we’re seeing most of the freezing precipitation across the central portions of the state and snow across the western portion, in the Panhandle area,” Fay tells Nebraska Radio Network.
Fay expects this to keep up throughout the day and into the evening hours.
“Today is the first day of winter and we are seeing wintery weather conditions with this winter system,” Fay says. “So, yes, it is a quick moving (storm) mostly during the day time and we’ll rapidly see it wind down as we head through the evening hours.”
Freezing drizzle seems to be moving eastward while snow seems confined in the western portion of Nebraska. The Panhandle could see up to four inches of snow.
Fay says the winter weather is expected to have the state in its grip throughout the day and into the evening hours. It should end late this evening, perhaps hanging on until midnight. Below normal temperatures will come in the wake of this storm with dry weather, for the most part.
Fay says there is a chance parts of Nebraska could see a white Christmas.
“We do have another chance for snow,” according to Fay. “We’re watching a system in the Saturday night timeframe and if anyone is looking for a white Christmas that will be our best chance of getting some snow in that Saturday night, early Sunday morning (period). Other than that, we’re looking at mainly dry weather.”
Fay forecasts below normal temperatures into Christmas Day and throughout next week with highs in the 20s, lows in the single digits with wind chills near zero.