NEBRASKA CITY – The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for 4 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, which includes three to five inches of snow and wind gusts up to 40 mph.
White out conditions are forecast for Sunday morning. The weather service says driving conditions will be extremely hazardous.
Slippery roads and blowing snow are possible hazards.
The warning area includes Pawnee, Richardson, Johnson, Nemaha and Otoe counties in Nebraska, Fremont County in Iowa and Atchison County in Missouri.
A blizzard is a winter storm where snowfall is accompanied by winds of at least 35 mph for three or more hours.
The first blizzard of 2018 was recorded in northeast United States. It resulted in winds of 100 mph and snow fall totals of 24 inches at Holden, Maine.
1948 — Nebraska blizzard records include the storm of 1948, which resulted in President Harry Truman declaring a national disaster. Blowing snow basically continued from November 18 until April.
1975 — 80 deaths in the Plains States were blamed on a blizzard that continued Jan. 9 to Jan. 12. It included a rare January tornado.
1991 – Halloween Ice Storm
1997 – Snow storm cut power to 300,000 homes in Nebraska.
Sunday’s storm, called Winter Storm Bruce, is forecast to have as little as three inches of snow and the sustained winds of at 35 mph are forecast near the minimum of three hours.
White out conditions and slippery road conditions are expected to make driving hazardous and a high-volume traffic day following the holiday. Motorist in southeast Nebraska who avoid driving from the dawn to noon time frame may avoid the most hazardous driving conditions.