The National Weather Service is warning the winter storm headed for Nebraska will be fast moving.
Aaron Mangels, NWS-Hastings meteorologist, says it will begin with rain Wednesday night, but quickly turn to snow.
“It’s a very fast-moving system,” Mangels tells Nebraska Radio Network. “Basically, 12 hours or less of the winter weather, actual snow impact. The impact will be longer with the wind and the cold.”
The forecast points to the wind picking up soon after the rain and snow begin to fall.
“Regardless of how much snow we actually see,” he says, “we’re looking at lots of blowing snow, reduced visibilities, and impacts from the wind. While the snow is falling, that’s going to basically reduce visibility very considerably to, easily, less than a mile.”
The wind chill is expected to range from 10 to 20 below zero Thursday night.
“We’re looking at north winds picking up in the evening and overnight,” Mangels says. “Sustained winds of 30 to 35 miles per hour with gusts of 40 to 45 miles per hour.”