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.
WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON
- 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.