AUBURN – Forecast to have four to seven inches of snow Friday afternoon and night, the National Weather Service in Omaha/Valley added Nemaha and Richardson Counties to the winter storm warning. The two counties join Fremont, Mills, Montgomery and Page Counties in southwest Iowa in the warning that lasts until 6 a.m. Saturday.
Freezing drizzle was expected to continue through the early afternoon – leaving behind a glaze of ice, according to meteorologist with the National Weather Service. Heavy snow is forecast to develop this afternoon with total accumulations of four to seven inches.
Around 10 a.m., Cathy Zapotocny, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Valley, said “quite a bit of freezing drizzle” was being reported west of Lincoln. “We’re getting reports of semitrailers that were westbound sliding so that they’re actually eastbound in the Grand Island area.”
Reports of freezing drizzle icing up windshields were coming in from Lincoln, she said. Traffic in Lincoln didn’t appear to have been affected yet, she said.
The rest of the region has been placed in a winter weather advisory until 6 a.m. Saturday. One to three inches of snow is expected in places like Syracuse, Nebraska City, Plattsmouth, Tecumseh and Rock Port.
Omaha should see more freezing drizzle and less snow than expected. The updated forecast is now calling for one to two inches by late Friday night.
The snow that will fall Friday afternoon and evening will be blowing around, with winds expected to be gusting to 30 mph, Zapotocny said. Travelers are urged to plan on slippery road conditions.
This weekend still is expected to be cold, with highs of 15 on Saturday and 20 on Sunday. Monday’s high should be in the low 30s.
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The World-Herald News Service contributed to this report.