Friday night snow could bring two to four inches

A winter storm moving up out of the southwest United States is expected to bring snow late Friday to southeast Nebraska and southwest Iowa.

“It’ll be a light snow that might persist for 12 hours off and on, up to 2 inches along the (Interstate 80) corridor,” said meteorologist Scott Durgan with the National Weather Service in Valley. “Heavier snow should fall farther south in Clarinda (Iowa) and Falls City (Nebraska), where they might get 3 to 4 inches.”

The National Weather Service office issued a winter weather advisory for snow on Thursday afternoon. Forecasters say to expect snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving, especially during the evening commute on Friday.

High temperatures are expected to be in upper 30s Friday. Drizzle and light rain should begin to move into southern Nebraska and Iowa Friday afternoon, eventually changing to snow Friday night into Saturday.

The advisory is in effect from 6 p.m. Friday to noon Saturday and includes all of southeast Nebraska, southwest Iowa, northwest Missouri and northeast Kansas.

“Most of the heavy snow will miss us to the southeast,” Durgan said. “Some parts of Missouri could see up to 6 inches.”

Light, freezing drizzle could develop on the backside of the system as it exits the region Saturday afternoon. Highs Saturday are expected to be in the upper 20s and low 30s.

Warmer, drier weather returns Sunday through the majority of next week, Durgan said. Highs will be at or above normal.

“We should see a little bit of a warm-up,” he said, “with high temperatures trending back in to the 40s.”

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