First Snow of Winter hits the Area

COLUMBUS – The first snowfall for this winter season has hit the area, with some parts of Nebraska seeing heavier snowfall than others.

Columbus received roughly an inch or less in some areas, while communities heading north saw heavier amounts.  Highway 81 towards Humphrey and Norfolk is covered with varying amounts of ice and slush and county authorities responded to several vehicles in ditches Friday morning.

A winter weather advisory will remain in effect for Boone, Madison, Platte, Wayne, and Stanton Counties until 6 p.m.  Some snowfall could continue in areas until mid to late afternoon, but the main concern will be blowing snow with winds ranging from 25 to 35 miles per hour, with occasional gusts up to 45 miles per hour.

Cold temperatures will stick around throughout the night with a low of 15 degrees Friday evening and a high of 39 degrees on Saturday. Low temperatures will remain around 20-22 degrees throughout the rest of the weekend.

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