NEBRASKA (News Channel Nebraska) – Nebraskans will be experiencing all four seasons in a matter of a few days this week.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch for nine different counties in north central Nebraska until early Friday morning.
Up to 18 inches of snow could fall Wednesday and Thursday with wind gusts as high as 45 miles per hour also expected.
While that’s going on in the north, in the south severe thunderstorms could be on tap. NWS forecasters say a slight risk exists for severe weather Wednesday evening. Forecasters say strong storms with large hail and damaging winds are possible in southeast Nebraska.
SPRING STORM IMPACTING THE REGION MIDWEEK
A high impact storm system is expected to cross the Central Plains Wednesday afternoon through Thursday night. This storm system will bring multiple weather hazards to the area, including, accumulating heavy wet snow, strong winds as high as 45 to 50 mph with areas of blowing snow, light ice accumulations and much colder air.
Counties include Keya Paha, Boyd, Brown, Rock, Holt and include the cities of Springview, Spencer, Butte, Lynch, Ainsworth, Bassett, Rose, O’Neill, and Atkinson.
WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY EVENING THROUGH LATE THURSDAY NIGHT
* WHAT: Heavy snow possible. Total snow accumulations of 9 to 16 inches and ice accumulations of around one tenth of an inch possible. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph Wednesday night and Thursday. The strong winds will create areas of blowing snow with visibility less than 1 mile at times.
* WHERE: Keya Paha, Boyd, Brown, Rock and Holt Counties.
* WHEN: From Wednesday evening through late Thursday night.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS: Travel could be very difficult to impossible. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute. Gusty winds could bring down tree branches.
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.