Forecast calls for blizzard conditions Saturday afternoon

Mixed precipitation Friday night and Saturday morning will switch to all snow around noon, according to WeatherEye Meteorologist Ray Miller.

He says southeast Nebraska and southwest Iowa could receive up to two to four inches of snow during the day on Saturday and then heavier snow Saturday night with the potential of four to eight inches.

“We could see a few spots that end up with as much as a foot of snow out of this system. I think the best chance for that is going to be back across portions of south-central Nebraska into north-central Kansas, but we can’t rule out those totals even in southeast Nebraska.”

A winter weather advisory is in effect until noon Saturday, followed by the blizzard warning until 3 a.m. Sunday for southeast Nebraska, southwest Iowa and Atchison County, Missouri.

The National Weather Service says to plan on roads becoming very hazardous or impassable Saturday afternoon and evening. Areas of blowing snow will significantly reduce visibility.

Gusty winds may bring down tree branches and cause power outage. Miller says winds could gust as high as 50 MPH Saturday night into Sunday.

“So, a great deal of blowing snow and reduced visibility. That’s going to make travel extremely dangerous. That continues into the day on Sunday, even after the snow quits falling.”

A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to whiteout conditions, making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle.

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