LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - A powerful storm system will continue to strengthen as it tracks into Northeast Kansas Saturday afternoon, bringing blizzard conditions to Eastern Nebraska. BLIZZARD WARNINGS will be in effect Saturday afternoon and continue until 3 AM Sunday morning, for heavy snow and wind gusts to 50 mph creating near zero visibility, while making roads impassable. Travel is not recommended.
For Southeast Nebraska the snow will be preceded by a wintry mix of fog, freezing rain and wet snow. Snow will expand through Eastern Nebraska by the mid afternoon and coincide with increasing wind speeds. Wind and heavy, moisture laden snow will produce a strong potential for power outages. As the storm strengthens there may be enough instability for thunder snow, which could initiate snowfall rates to between 1 to 3 inches per hour, dropping visibility to less than a half mile. The heaviest snow is expect along an axis roughly from near Beatrice to Lincoln along the I-80 corridor to Omaha, where 4 to 9 inches is expected. Some areas could see as much as 10 inches or more. Snow amounts will be dependent on the track of the storm so please stay on top of the latest forecast information.
Winds will remain gusty, promoting some blowing snow in the morning with winds speed gradually tapering off in the afternoon.
SATURDAY: A wintry mix of fog, drizzle and freezing rain will convert to snow, becoming moderate-to-heavy at times. North-northeast winds of 10 to 25 mph early...will increase to 25 to 45 mph with gusts to 50 or 55 mph as the day wears on...creating blizzard or near-blizzard conditions. Highs in the mid 20s to mid 30s.
SATURDAY NIGHT: Windy and colder with snow likely in the evening. Blowing snow throughout the night. Northwest winds of 25 to 45 mph. Lows in the low teens to low 20s.
SUNDAY: Partly to mostly sunny...blustery and colder. Blowing snow possible. Northwest winds of 15 to 25 mph...with gusts to 35 mph. Highs in the upper teens to mid 20s.