The National Weather Service reports a major storm is moving across the central part of the country, expected to hit Nebraska late this evening with precipitation ranging from deep snow to cold rain.
The National Weather Service in North Platte warns of a winter storm possible for western through west-central Nebraska late tonight all the way through late Thursday night. Snow and light freezing rain are expected with total snow accumulations anywhere from five to 10 inches possible after the possibility of ice accumulation of up to one-tenth of an inch. Wind gusts could push 35 miles per hour.
NWS warns the storm could make travel difficult with blowing snow significantly reducing visibility.
NWS in Hastings reports patchy dense fog across central Nebraska this morning, especially from Aurora southwest to Phillipsburg, Kansas; visibility is limited, making travel difficult. The Hastings office expects a wintry mix of freezing rain, snow, and sleet to cover the area late this evening. Light icing is possible, and it could turn to rain as the temperatures rise on Wednesday.
Central Nebraska likely will see rain Wednesday, into the evening with a few thunderstorms possible. NWS forecasters do not expect anything severe with rainfall amounts expected to total one to two inches with the highest amounts expected along and east of Highway 281. Minor flooding is possible as the rain runs off the frozen ground. One to five inches of snow is possible Wednesday night into Thursday west of a line from Greeley to Cambridge, Nebraska. Northwest winds are expected to be strong.
The Valley office near Omaha expects the precipitation in eastern Nebraska mainly to be light snow, sleet, and freezing rain north of I-80 after midnight. That wintry mix will likely change to rain on Wednesday, continuing into Thursday. A wintry mix of freezing rain and snow is expected in northeastern Nebraska, which could see a total of four inches of snow.
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