Travel Could Be Hazardous with First Winter Storm Approaching

Travel Could Be Hazardous with First Winter Storm Approaching
Courtesy of NWS. Wednesday morning update.

WAYNE – A winter storm watch is now in affect for the area across north central Nebraska into northeast Nebraska entering the weekend.

According to a release from the National Weather Service, the first winter storm season will go into effect Thursday night through Friday evening.

Snow will begin after midnight Thursday night in northeast Nebraska and will spread across eastern Nebraska as well as western Iowa by Friday afternoon. Accumulating snow should end by midnight Friday evening. Snow totals in the northeast Nebraska ranging between 3 – 8″.

Northeast winds of 10 – 20 mph will become north with gusts of up to 30 mph. At this point, icing is not likely with temperatures mostly in the upper 20s and lower 30s.

Roads will likely become snow covered and slick as travel may become difficult especially in northeast Nebraska.

NWS officials would also like to pass along points to remember when traveling in winter weather. Focus on the potential as winter forecasts can change and the axis of the heaviest snow can shift. Slow down and use caution if you must travel during this upcoming winter storm as road conditions can change quickly. Before you travel, pack a winter survival kit for your vehicle. And, if possible, alter your travel plans.

The next scheduled National Weather Service briefing will be updated by late Wednesday afternoon.