Strong Winds Building Severe Weather

WAYNE – With outdoor activities moving up to earlier in the week anticipating the incoming weather, the National Weather Service – Omaha Center has released another update.

From a Tuesday morning report, there is a slight risk of severe storms Wednesday afternoon/evening over southeast Nebraska and southwest Iowa while blizzard conditions are possible Wednesday night into Thursday night for northeast Nebraska.

There hasn’t been any significant change to the current forecast.

A few severe storms could be capable of large hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes. The possible blizzard conditions from blowing and drifting snow cold cause significant travel impacts.

Strong northerly winds are being forecasted with gusts of 35 to 45 mph.

The greatest potential for severe thunderstorms are along and south of I-80 in eastern Nebraska and southwest Iowa, heaviest snow/blizzard conditions in northeast Nebraska while strong northerly winds impacting all of eastern Nebraska.

Forecast certainty remains moderate to high for thunderstorms and snow.

Rain should turn into snow in northeast Nebraska Wednesday night, with snow spreading south and east Thursday into Thursday night. Snow totals in Wayne is 1-2 inches, Norfolk (2-3 inches), Albion (6-8 inches), Neligh (8-12 inches) and Niobrara (12-18 inches).