NEBRASKA CITY – Residents in southeast Nebraska, southwest Iowa and northwest Missouri are digging out from yet another snowstorm — and faces another troubling storm this weekend.
The fast-moving storm system dumped 16 inches in Harrison, Iowa; 7 inches in Maryville, Missouri and Norfolk; 5 inches in Omaha; 4 inches in Lincoln, Clarinda, and Rock Port; 3 inches in Plattsmouth and Auburn; and 2 inches in Verdon.
WeatherEye Meteorologist Nick Carlyle, who says this is one of the snowiest February’s he has seen in recent memory, advises to take it easy on Wednesday if you have to travel.
“Some blowing snow could be a concern for today, as well. We’re going to see some east winds between 15 and 20 MPH throughout the day. With that light, fluffy snow it could defintiely blow around across the region. You definitely need to take it easy out there for today, even though the snow is starting to wind down a little bit across the area.”
Road officials suggested people stay home, if possible, until the streets are cleared.
Carlyle says the “heavy brunt” of snow is over, but the region could see another half-inch to an inch of snow this morning. Snowfall is expected to taper off by noon.
Area schools and colleges canceled classes for Wednesday, and some employers delayed start times because of heavy snow.
Another “significant winter storm” threatening to bring additional snow accumulations (possibly heavy at times) and strong winds to the region this weekend has weather officials keeping their eyes on forecast models.
According to Carlyle, this weekend’s storm looks a little bit stronger than the system that swept through the region overnight. As of Wednesday morning, weather models were showing around a foot of snow for the Nebraska City area.
“Obviously, it’s going to change over the next few days, but it could be another significant snow storm for the upcoming weekend. With this system, it looks like it has some warmer air associated with it, so we could see a period of rain and freezing rain before it changes over to all snow by Saturday afternoon.”
The National Weather Service office in Valley is advising anyone with weekend plans to monitor the storm system closely. Saturday afternoon into Saturday night is the period of greatest concern for the potential for blizzard conditions, forecasters said.
Because Saturdays are for snow, wind and possible Blizzards ???? ! / Max wind gusts in the 40-55 mph range Saturday afternoon & evening / High uncertainty in snow amounts (early forecast: 2-7 inches with higher amounts possible) / Enjoy everyone / #newx #iawx pic.twitter.com/PW25QwdNvI
— NWS Omaha (@NWSOmaha) February 20, 2019
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