Roads turned slick Monday afternoon, and most drivers were taking it slow as a result.
Several school districts across southeast Nebraska, southwest Iowa and northwest Missouri elected to let students out early so they could avoid the deteriorating road conditions.
The storm system forced the postponement of many girls basketball sub-district games and cancelled the make-up MUDECAS boys games in Beatrice.
Snow and rain is expected to continue until about midnight, according to the National Weather Service. Some areas could get as much as 4 inches of snow, particularly in southeastern Nebraska and western Iowa.
“I would expect off and on periods of snow and freezing drizzle,” said Brian Barjenbruch, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Valley. “It’s one of those days where there’s a fine line where it’s possible to get freezing drizzle in some spots and snow in others.”
Barjenbruch advised drivers and shovelers to be cautious, as the mix of rain and snow should make for slick pavement.
Areas of southwest Iowa, near Red Oak and Clarinda, could see 3-4 inches of snow, Van DeWald, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Valley, said.
The ice that already had accumulated Monday morning prompted Tucker Tejkl, the principal at Riverside Public Schools in Cedar Rapids, Nebraska, to announce on Twitter that his school would be closed for the day:
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— Tucker Tejkl (@PrincipalTejkl) February 11, 2019
Cedar Rapids is about 35 miles west of Columbus.
A winter weather advisory was issued until midnight for southeast Nebraska, southwest Iowa and northwest Missouri.
A winter weather advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Expect slippery roads and limited visibility, and use caution while driving.
Snow and freezing drizzle will continue through this evening, ending by around midnight. Additional, mainly light, accumulation is likely pic.twitter.com/dv28wJZ0l5
— NWS Omaha (@NWSOmaha) February 11, 2019