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Massive blizzard moves into Nebraska; travel could be risky in some areas

Massive blizzard moves into Nebraska; travel could be risky in some areas

Sunday morning, the National Weather Service office in North Platte was forecasting 8 to 12 inches of snow across Lincoln County and the surrounding area.

The Nebraska State Patrol is urging motorists to be prepared for potentially hazardous driving conditions during the severe winter storm that is expected to impact almost all of Nebraska during the next 24-36 hours. The Nebraska Department of Transportation reported a minor traffic accident in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 80 near Hershey on Sunday afternoon. Travelers are urged to stay up-to-date on travel conditions with information available through Nebraska 511.

Nebraska Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) officials say some of the heaviest snowfall is in central and northern Nebraska, with anywhere from four to 13 inches.

Omaha and Lincoln are expected to dodge the worst of the storm, in large part because the two metropolitan areas are expected to remain warmer.




While temperatures are expected to hover right around the freezing mark, winds out of the north could gust as high as 45 miles per hour, causing whiteout conditions in open areas and significant drifting snow.

Travel along much of Interstate 80 across Nebraska and I-29 north of Omaha could be unsafe once the storm strikes. Some areas could see 5 inches.

The blizzard warnings extend through northeast Nebraska into northwestern Iowa and southern Minnesota. The Omaha metro remains under a Winter Storm Warning until 6, while areas to the south and east of Lincoln are under a Winter Weather Advisory also until 6. Wind chill and freezing temperatures can be life threatening.


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