FREMONT – A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for the majority of Eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa, beginning Tuesday, February 19th at 6PM through Wednesday, February 20th at 9AM.
Snow, heavy at times, is expected to spread across the area later today and continue through the overnight hours, ending on Wednesday morning. Travel is expected to be hampered by the snowfall in the overnight Tuesday/Wednesday hours, with snow falling at a rate of up to 1″ per hour between 9PM and 6AM. Winds are expected to be moderate with this storm, around 15-20 mph, but visibility will be a quarter mile or less at times in open areas during the heaviest snows. Travel will be dangerous and some power outages could occur.
New snowfall of 5 to 9 inches is anticipated, and forecasters are confident in both the timing of the storm and the amount of snow expected.
Conditions will deteriorate quickly and the National Weather Service recommends residents finish any needed storm preparations by ASAP today. After the storm, snow removal is expected to take more time than usual due to the amount of existing snow piled up. Travel on Wednesday morning will be slow and hazardous, and the National Weather Service cautions against travel during and immediately after this storm.
With the anticipated snow fall, residents should anticipate cities declaring Snow Emergencies and plan accordingly – do not park vehicles on Emergency Snow Routes tonight. When possible, move your cars off of residential streets and into driveways to accommodate plows as they move through. Learn more about the City of Fremont’s snow removal policy here.