WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2017
A powerful winter storm system will bring a screeching halt to our stretch of record warm-and-mainly dry February weather. Winter storm warnings...winter weather advisory's and winter storm watches are posted for much of the northern-half of Nebraska...later Thursday and into Friday. Some areas of the state could see over 12" of snow...while the Lincoln area is more likely to see rain...thunderstorms and then much lighter snowfall amounts. Everyone will see much colder temperatures...strong winds...and quite a mix of precipitation. Please stay up-to-date with the latest forecasts for your area... be prepared for dramatic changes in your weather pattern...and be smart and careful with any travel plans late-Thursday and into Friday.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Clear to partly cloudy early...then increasing cloudiness and a bit breezy. Lows in the mid-to-upper 30s. North-northeast winds of 5 to 15 mph...with gusts to 20 or 25 mph.
THURSDAY: Mainly cloudy and much cooler with rain developing...mixing with snow or sleet at times in northern and central Nebraska later in the afternoon and early evening. Northeast winds of 10 to 20 mph...gusting to 25 or 30 mph at times. Highs in the low 40s to low 50s.
THURSDAY NIGHT: Cloudy, blustery and colder...with rain and thunderstorms possible in the southeast...rain, sleet and snow possible elsewhere...even some areas of freezing rain. North winds increasing to 15 to 30 mph..with higher gusts possible at times. Lows in the 20s.
FRIDAY: Cloudy, blustery and much colder...with a mix of rain, snow, sleet or freezing rain in the southeast in the morning...snow and blowing snow across much of the rest of the state. North-northwest winds of 15 to 35 mph...with gusts to 40 or 45 mph possible in spots.