A winter storm roared into Nebraska overnight, bringing snow and high winds, reducing visibility for travelers, and causing numerous wrecks, especially in western Nebraska.
Nearly the entire state is affected in one way or another.
The National Weather Service in North Platte has posted a winter weather advisory until noon with 40 mile per hour winds whipping snow and causing difficult driving conditions. The Nebraska State Patrol reports westbound Interstate 80 has been closed at mile marker 426 near Mahoney due to multiple wrecks.
The counties most affected by the storm are Curtis, Hayes, Lincoln, Logan, and Frontier.
A winter weather advisory and blizzard warning has been issued by the Hastings office of the National Weather Service. The advisory for south central Nebraska will run through early afternoon.
Blizzard conditions are reported in southeastern Nebraska by the NWS in Valley, in greater Omaha. That office has issued a winter weather advisory until six this evening for east-central and northeastern Nebraska.
The heaviest snow totals reported to NWS are in western and central Nebraska, as much as five inches. North Platte and Grand Island reported three inches of snow. Lesser amounts were reported in Omaha and Lincoln. NWS expects the heaviest snowfall about the Nebraska-Kansas border, as much as eight to 14 inches with strong winds.
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