Winter Storm Watch Issued For Gage & Pawnee Counties

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The National Weather Service is preparing for incoming winter weather this evening, with a Winter Storm Watch going into effect at midnight tonight, lasting through 6:00 p.m. Thursday for Gage and Pawnee Counties in Nebraska. This includes the communities of Beatrice, Pawnee City as well as areas north to Lincoln and Nebraska City.

Rain will change to snow on Wednesday evening through Wednesday night, with accumulating snow expected through Thursday morning. Strong northwest winds will create blowing and drifting snow, with reduced visibilities and possible near-whiteout conditions in open areas. Plummeting temperatures will cause wet surfaces to freeze quickly as the temperatures drop into the 20s and teens Thursday morning, causing icing on surfaces beneath the snow.


  • WHAT: Moderate or heavy snow possible along with flash freeze and blowing snow. Plan on difficult travel conditions, including during the morning commute on Thursday. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 6 inches are possible.
  • WHERE: Portions of east central and southeast Nebraska and southwest and west central Iowa.
  • WHEN: From late tonight through Thursday afternoon.
  • ADDITIONAL DETAILS: Significant reductions in visibility are possible.


A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.