FREMONT – The National Weather service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory and Winter Storm Watch for the majority of eastern Nebraska and western Iowa this morning, as conditions will change from this morning’s blue skies to clouds this afternoon, sleet this evening and possible blizzard conditions tomorrow.
For Friday night, the primary concern will be ice on the roads. With a wintry mix of precipitation beginning around 6PM and ice building up to 0.15 inches on the roads, slipping and sliding will be possible. A light dusting of new snowfall is also possible, depending on the temperature. Keep an eye on road conditions at http://511.nebraska.gov/ or by downloading the NE 511 app.
Saturday’s forecast calls for anywhere up to 8 inches of snow with dangerously high winds. This could create blizzard or near-blizzard conditions, and when adding the possibility of ice or sleet in addition to the snow, travel could quickly become dangerous and even impossible throughout the area.
The storm is expected to peak in intensity around 6PM, with a period of high storm activity between the hours of 2PM and 8PM, tapering off between 10PM and midnight. NWS forecasters are still expressing some uncertainty about the amount and type of precipitation. If the storm trends on the warm side, our area could get more rain and ice than snow – if the storm trends cold, we could be in for 8 inches of new snow fall.
On the other hand, forecasters are very confident about the wind conditions expected. Gusts of between 35 and 50 miles an hour will sweep through the area, making travel dangerous for high profile or lightweight vehicles. Take the ice and snow into account, and the area could also face power outages.
Just in case:
- Know the location of flashlights and batteries, candles, matches/lighters and other emergency light sources in your home.
- Make sure you have all needed medications, food & drink, pet supplies and a full tank of gas in your vehicle before the storm arrives.
- Consider canceling or rescheduling any plans that require you to travel more than a few minutes away from home. Avoid highway travel this weekend.
- Stay inside! Blizzard conditions are dangerous and hundreds of Americans die due to exposure each year.
Altogether, while forecasters are unsure of how much snow our area will receive, it promises to be another active weather weekend. Hope for the best – prepare for the worst.