The peak intensity of a “significant winter storm” could hit Saturday afternoon and evening, according to the National Weather Service office in Valley. The storm is expected to arrive Friday.
A winter storm watch is in effect Saturday afternoon through Sunday afternoon for southeast Nebraska, southwest Iowa and northwest Missouri. Depending on the path of the storm, the Nebraska City area could receive two to eight inches of new snow. Blowing snow could also be a factor on Sunday.
“Locally heavy snow accumulations are possible as well as a couple hours of blizzard or near blizzard conditions,” the weather service said. “Peak wind gusts in the 40 to 55 mph range are probable. Anyone with weekend plans should monitor this system closely.”
A light glaze of ice is also possible. The forecast calls for chances of freezing drizzle throughout the day and night Friday.
“Area roadways may become hazardous or impassable,” according to forecasters. “Blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. Gusty winds may lead to isolated power outages.”
A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel.
Additional rounds of light snow are possible next week, as the active and cold weather pattern lingers.
Think it's been a snowy Feb? You're on to something… Here's a look at how Feb 2019 stacks up against the rest. In addition, Omaha is only 7.5 inches for breaking the all time winter season (Dec, Jan, Feb) snow record. Lincoln is 8.3 inches away. And we still have 8 days to go! pic.twitter.com/H5qqHcRz5Z
— NWS Omaha (@NWSOmaha) February 21, 2019
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