NORTH PLATTE–The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a blizzard warning for western and north central Nebraska. According to a recent report, accumulating snow is expected this afternoon into Saturday. Snow and strong winds combined will create hazardous conditions for travel and livestock. Some roads may be drifted shut, and scattered power outages should not be ruled out.
The NWS reports that blizzard conditions will be present throughout the day as moderate to heavy snow spreads south and east with strong north winds. All of western Nebraska will see blizzard conditions late this afternoon/evening and over night into Saturday.
The heaviest snow will fall this evening into Saturday morning with snow tapering off from west to east Saturday evening as winds decrease. Heaviest snowfall amounts are expected along the Nebraska South Dakota border.
Travel – Critical: Snowfall will make roads dangerous with limited visibility for travel this afternoon and over night into Saturday.
Livestock – Critical: For newborn or other at-risk livestock. Winds will be very strong with heavy snow and falling temperatures through the day today and over night into Saturday.
Power outages are expected.
Message of the Day from NWS:
• Plan on dangerous to potentially life-threatening travel conditions with significant
blowing/drifting snow and whiteout conditions.
• Moderate to heavy snow: Potential for snowfall accumulations exceeding 12 inches
across the northern Sandhills (and locally 16” along the South Dakota border).
Potential for 8”+ across southwest Nebraska, including I-80.
• Windy conditions will prevail Friday afternoon-Saturday with gusts up to 55 MPH