A winter storm warning was issued by the National Weather Service office in Omaha/Valley early Saturday morning.
The warning, which is in effect from 4 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, includes Nemaha, Pawnee and Richardson Counties in Nebraska; Page County in southwest Iowa; and Andrew, Atchison, Holt and Nodaway Counties in northwest Missouri.
Heavy mixed precipitation is in the forecast with total snow amounts of four to six inches and a light glaze of ice accumulation expected for the cities of Auburn, Pawnee City, Falls City, Rock Port, Mound City and Shenandoah.
The City of Shenandoah has already declared a snow emergency from 10 p.m. Saturday night through Sunday.
The rest of the region, including Otoe, Cass, Johnson, Gage, Lancaster, Fremont, Mills and Montgomery Counties, have been downgraded to a winter weather advisory from 4 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. These areas are expecting two to four inches of snow with wind gusts as high as 40 MPH.
According to meteorologists at the NWS, rain is forecast to begin before 3 a.m. Sunday in Nebraska City. The rain will then begin transitioning to snow by 4 a.m. Snow showers are expected to continue until noon. Patchy blowing snow is anticipated all day with temperatures falling to around 25 by 9 a.m.
The NWS says to prepare for near blizzard conditions with slippery road conditions and areas of blowing snow. They’re advising holiday travelers to consider changing their plans Saturday night and Sunday.
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY VS. WINTER STORM WARNING
A winter storm warning means significant amounts of snow, sleet and ice will make travel very hazardous or impossible.
A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Expect snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving.
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