LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - Winter Weather Advisories are in place across parts of central and eastern Nebraska - including Grand Island, Hastings, Kearney and the Lincoln and Omaha metros. The advisory is in place through noon Wednesday. Snow accumulations of 1" to 3" are possible with a glaze of ice across the area.
The wintry mix (or mess) is expected to continue through the morning commute on Wednesday, so for areas in south central and southeastern Nebraska - including Lincoln and Omaha - should plan for another messy morning commute.
By Wednesday afternoon, precipitation should begin to taper off and move east of the area and there will be a break, or at least a lull, in precipitation chances. It will be short lived as another trough of low pressure will bring in more snow and wintry mix to the area Wednesday night into Thursday, and lingering into Friday morning. Precipitation is forecast now to start off as all snow, but with temperatures forecast for the middle 30s by Thursday afternoon, some rain and freezing rain will continue to be possible.
One big issue we'll face over the coming days with temperatures expected in the upper 30s Wednesday and in the mid 30s on Thursday is that we should see some melting as snow falls. Main streets and residential streets should see some improvement during the day, but overnight temperatures will drop back below freezing. We'll likely see some refreezing of melting snow and melting ice and this could potentially add some layers of new ice on already icy and slippery side streets.
Towards the weekend, warmer and drier air is forecast to move into the area. Temperatures on Saturday should reach the mid 30s and by Sunday into early next week, highs in the low 40s are forecast for the area.