It might be smart to leave work early Friday, meteorologist Cathy Zapotocny said, in an effort to miss the worst of the snowfall that will hit the area.
Zapotocny, who works out of the Valley office of the National Weather Service, said snow is expected to start falling around noon in the Omaha and Lincoln areas. But the biggest impact, she said, will come during the afternoon and evening hours, affecting the afternoon commute.
The total snow accumulation looks to be in the range of 2 to 5 inches by Saturday, she said.
A winter storm warning is in effect for Fremont, Mills, Montgomery and Page Counties in southwest Iowa from 9 a.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday. Four to six inches of snow is forecast for the warned area.
Southeast Nebraska, northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas remain in a winter weather advisory from 6 a.m. Friday to 6 a.m. Saturday.
Freezing drizzle may precede the snow with a light glaze possible Friday morning along and south of an Albion to Omaha line, according to the weather service. They say to plan slippery road conditions, especially during the evening commute on Friday.
“People will want to be alert to that,” Zapotocny said, noting that people should check road conditions in the morning before heading to work or school.
The region could also see wind gusts of 20-30 MPH that will lead to blowing snow. Drivers should expect snow-covered roads and limited visibility.
“It will be breezy to begin with Friday, but then turn around to the north and become even stronger Friday night,” Zapotocny said.
Friday’s forecast calls for snow and freezing drizzle in the morning, with better snow chances through midnight. High temperatures are forecast to be near 30.
Cold and blustery conditions settle in Friday night at Saturday. Lows will be in the single digits and Saturday’s high temperature will be in the mid-teens under partly sunny skies.
Forecasters expect wind chills Friday night into Saturday to be -5 to -15, with the same range on Sunday, Zapotocny said.
News Channel Nebraska’s Hunter Arterburn contributed to this story. Follow Hunter on Twitter: @TheBurnRadio.