Ice accumulation the main concern with next winter weather system

NEBRASKA CITY – A winter weather system – featuring mainly ice accumulation –  will start to affect southeast Nebraska and southwest Iowa Monday night into Tuesday.

“The freezing drizzle should start (Monday) afternoon, basically in David City up through Columbus and Albion,” said Corey Mead, who is based in Valley. Tuesday, he said, “we can expect that freezing drizzle across the Omaha area and western Iowa in the early morning but changing into light snow by the afternoon.”

The National Weather Service placed Otoe, Cass, Johnson, Lancaster, Gage and Sarpy Counties in Southeast Nebraska, and Fremont, Mills, Montgomery and Page Counties in southwest Iowa in a winter weather advisory from 6 p.m. Monday to 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Mixed precipitation is expected to drop up to two inches of snow and accumulate ice of one or two tenths of an inch. Snow is primarily in the forecast for Tuesday with wind gusts as high as 35 MPH.

“The wind-chill readings at that time are expected to reach 25 below zero,” Mead said.

All of eastern Nebraska and western Iowa will see accumulations of snow and ice. Icy conditions will be the main threat through the night, followed by snow and more ice during the day Tuesday.

“We will start to see a much colder air mass starting Thursday,” Mead said. “The high Thursday will be about 18 degrees, with a low Thursday night of 8 below zero.”

The heaviest snow amounts are expected north of Columbus.

The weather service says to plan on slippery road conditions, especially Monday night and Tuesday’s morning commute.

From Friday night into Sunday, some parts of the area could see more light snow.







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