FREMONT – The Winter Storm Watch impacting Dodge County has been upgraded to a Winter Storm Warning. Washington, Saunders, Douglas and Sarpy counties are in a Winter Weather Advisory.
The National Weather Service is advising people in the Warning areas to prepare for a severe winter storm. Snow accumulations from 5 to 11 inches are expected throughout the northeast part of the Warning area, along with gusting winds over 40 mph that will cause whiteout conditions during the periods of heaviest snow. Ice will also be a concern, especially on highways and along I-80, on Tuesday night.
In Dodge County and along the southern line of the storm, the National Weather Service predicts lower snow totals due to a longer period of rain before the precipitation changes over to snow. Fremont is currently forecasted to receive up to 5 inches of snow.
Even in the Advisory counties, overnight travel is discouraged. Conditions will be favorable for the accumulation of ice on the road. The Advisory area can expect 1-4 inches of snow, in addition to ice underneath.
Snow will be the predominant precipitation to our northeast. In Fremont, rain will transition to snow between 12PM and 3PM, switching over to snow completely between 6PM and 9PM tonight.
Travel will be the most hazardous from Tuesday evening through Wednesday morning, and both the evening and morning commutes will be impacted by this storm in addition to holiday travel through the area. Drivers who are traveling for the holiday should adjust their travel plans, if possible, to ensure they are not on the road in the warned areas during the peak of the storm or immediately after. Air travelers may experience delays due to this storm, as well.