Counties around River Country placed under a winter storm watch

Snow and blowing snow is likely Wednesday evening through Thursday morning, according to the National Weather Service office in Valley.

Forecasters say rain will change to snow on Wednesday evening, with accumulating snow expected through Thursday morning. Strong northwest winds will create blowing and drifting snow, and reduced visibilities.

The winds will combine with plunging temperatures to cause wind chills to drop to the teens below zero. Frostbite can occur in as little as 30 minutes to exposed skin. Additionally, the plunging temperatures may cause wet surfaces to freeze quickly, leaving a layer of ice beneath the snow.

A winter storm watch is in effect from 6p.m. Wednesday through 10 a.m. Thursday for portions of eastern Nebraska, including Lancaster, Sarpy and Douglas Counties.

Travelers should plan on difficult travel conditions, including during the morning commute on Thursday, the weather service says. Tree branches could fall, as well.

Total snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches, with isolated higher amounts, are possible.

A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet, or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts with News Channel Nebraska.

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