Dusting of snow likely this weekend; other parts of Nebraska could get much more

Active, wintry weather is forecast this weekend as a spring storm system moves into eastern Nebraska and western Iowa.

The National Weather Service office in Valley said rain and severe thunderstorms are possible Friday afternoon and evening along the Missouri River. The rain then changes to snow Friday night, with near-blizzard conditions expected for some areas mainly north and west of Omaha late Friday into Saturday.

Snowfall amounts range from an inch or so on the southern edge of the system in the Omaha-Council Bluffs area to 8 to 12 inches near the Nebraska-South Dakota border. Less than an inch is expected in southeast Nebraska.

The area between Plattsmouth and Rock Port is under a slight risk for severe weather Friday, the weather service said.

Blizzard warnings, winter storm warnings and winter storm watches are in effect for the rest of the state from Friday night through Saturday night, with rain changing to snow and northwest winds gusting to 40 to 50 mph. Several inches of snow are forecast and whiteout, blizzard conditions are expected.

The advisories cover most of central and northeast Nebraska and parts of eastern Nebraska, including Norfolk, Columbus, York, Grand Island, Kearney and Hastings.

Southeast Nebraska  not included in the winter storm watch.

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