OMAHA/VALLEY — Monday begins with less snow on the ground than originally forecast but the worst is yet to come. The slow moving winter storm dropped 12 inches on Long Pine, Nebraska and the most significant band overnight was in an area from Lexington to Ord. Northeast Nebraska is set to receive 12-18 inches by 6:00 p.m. tonight. Columbus will see 8-12 inches of snow.
According to the National Weather Service in Omaha/Valley:
Snow is expected to increase in intensity this morning across northeast Nebraska. Some thundersnow is possible at times, which could lead to snowfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour for short periods. A gradual chance from rain to snow will occur from northwest to southeast across the rest of eastern Nebraska and west central Iowa through late morning. Snow amounts will taper off from over 10 inches in northeast Nebraska to around 2 inches near and southeast of Interstate 80. Along with the snow, north winds are forecast to increase into the 25 to 45 mph range which will cause very hazardous driving conditions in reduced visibilities.
…BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 6 PM CST THIS
* WHAT…Blizzard conditions increasing through the morning.
Travel will be very dangerous to impossible, including during
the morning commute. Tree branches could fall as well.
Additional snow accumulations of 6 to 9 inches, with localized
amounts up to 11 inches, are expected.
* WHERE…Northeast Nebraska
* WHEN…Until 6 PM CST this evening.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Winds gusting as high as 45 mph will
cause whiteout conditions in blowing snow. Significant
drifting of the snow is likely.
A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are
expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds
and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to whiteout
conditions, making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. If
you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get
stranded, stay with your vehicle. The latest road conditions for
the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.