FREMONT – The National Weather Service has now issued a Winter Weather Advisory covering all of eastern Nebraska and most of western Iowa, in anticipation of a winter storm event that will bring bitter cold, gusting winds, accumulating ice and up to 4 inches of snow.
The Winter Weather Advisory will be in effect from 3AM Friday through 6AM Saturday.
Light snow is expected between midnight and noon on Friday, January 17th, which will transition to drizzle and freezing drizzle in the afternoon before changing back to snow after midnight on Saturday. Accumulating ice up to a 1/10th of an inch is expected. Winds could gust over 40 mph on Friday night and Saturday early morning, causing blowing snow in some locations.
Hazardous conditions could impact the Friday morning commute, and an arctic front that will sweep in on Friday evening could cause flash-freeze conditions and effect the drivability of roads during the evening commute and throughout the night. Expect slow and/or hazardous travel conditions.
Forecasters say they are moderately confident in these snow and ice totals, but that both depend on the transition times between the types of precipitation and the arrival of that arctic front, which will force the change to ice and snow from rain.
Commuters and those planning to travel after sundown on Friday are encouraged to check Nebraska’s 5-1-1 website at 511.nebraska.gov to check road conditions along their planned route before hitting the road during a Winter Weather Advisory.