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UPDATE (2:30 p.m.) – The National Weather Service in Valley changed the winter storm watch to a winter weather advisory for Cass, Otoe, Johnson, Nemaha, Pawnee, Richardson, Gage, Lancaster, Sarpy and Douglas Counties in southeast Nebraska; Fremont, Page and Montgomery Counties in southwest Iowa; Andrew, Atchison, Nodaway and Holt Counties in northwest Missouri.
The advisory is in effect from 3 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and is expected to include 2-4 inches of snow, blowing snow and slippery road conditions, especially for Thursday’s morning commute.
Mills County in southwest Iowa has been placed under a winter storm warning. 3-5 inches is expected to fall in places like Glenwood.
Emergency officials were expecting travel to become difficult in western Nebraska this evening (Wednesday). Anyone traveling Interstate 80 or side roads should realize that conditions could change dramatically in a short period.
Travel is likely to be hazardous Thursday due to expected icy and snow-packed roadways across eastern Nebraska and southwest Iowa.
VALLEY, Neb. – “Winter Storm Hunter,” a storm system bearing down on eastern Nebraska and western Iowa, will bring abrupt changes to the region Wednesday night through Thursday morning.
Rain will change to snow on Wednesday evening through Wednesday night, with accumulating snow expected through Thursday morning, according to the weather service.
Lead forecaster with the WeatherEye Weather Center Paul Trambley says temperatures will fall quickly from well-above freezing (possibly near 50 degrees Wednesday) to the upper teens Wednesday night through Thursday morning.
“Any wet road services just from the thaw that we’ve been seeing will freeze pretty quickly late tonight. We’ll see some winds also generated by this system, so that could add complications for travel. Even if we only get maybe two inches, the winds will be cranked up out of the north at about 30 – 40 MPH gusts tomorrow (Thursday) will produce some blowing snow concerns for our area.”
Wet roads and any standing water should begin to freeze between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. Thursday.
As of Wednesday morning, Trambley expects the area to see anywhere from 2-4 inches of snow. He says temperatures will stay “pretty frigid” through next Wednesday.