The National Weather Service in Omaha has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for central Antelope County until 10:30 p.m.
At 9:59 p.m., a severe thunderstorm was located near Clearwater moving northeast at 30 mph. The storm is capable of producing 60 mph wind gusts and quarter-sized hail.
Hail damage to vehicles is expected, along with wind damage to roofs, siding and trees.
A red flag warning is in effect Monday due to dangerous fire conditions.
According to the National Weather Service, strong westerly winds of 25 to 35 mph with gust to 50 mph behind a cold front Monday afternoon will help drive humidities to lower than 20 percent for much of eastern Nebraska. The strong winds and low relative humidity combined with dry grasses will lead to dangerous fire weather conditions.
The warning is in effect from noon Monday until 8 p.m. A fire weather watch is in effect from Tuesday morning through Tuesday evening for low relative humidity for eastern Nebraska.
The highways across Northeast Nebraska remain completely snow covered this morning thanks to about 6 inches of snow that fell overnight and 35 mph wind gusts. Several cars are in the ditches along the highways in Antelope County.
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The National Weather Services is still predicting 6-10 inches of total snow accumulation for Antelope County and northerly winds 20-30 mph on Friday, gusting to 35 mph. This will cause considerable blowing and drifting.
Impacts include reduced visibilities with near whiteout conditions at times that will make travel nearly impossible.
All Elgin schools have cancelled classes on Friday, Feb. 24, due to the weather.
The boys basketball subdistrict final is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Friday in Plainview.
Neligh-Oakdale will not have school Friday, Feb. 24, due to the weather.
The Warriors' subdistrict semifinal basketball game will be Saturday, Feb. 25, at 3 p.m. at O'Neill High School.
Slick road conditions led to an early-evening, two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Highways 275 and 14 in Neligh on Thursday.
No injuries were reported, but the stop sign on Highway 14 was broken off in the collision.
The Antelope County Sheriff's Department and City of Neligh responded to the accident. The Nebraska Department of Roads was on scene as well.
No other details are available at this time.
Blizzard conditions are possible Friday with 8-12 inches of snow possible in Antelope County combines with 35 mph wind gusts.
The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning for heavy snow and blowing snow in effect from 6 p.m. Thursday to midnight Friday night.
Rain and snow will mix Thursday and is expected to changed to snow overnight with snow accumulations of 8-12 inches expected with locally higher amounts in isolated locations.
Winds will be out of the northeast at 10 to 20 mph on Thursday evening becoming north then northwest during the day on Friday, increasing to 20-30 mph with 35 mph gusts. This will create considerable blowing and drifting with blizzard conditions possible on Friday and Friday evening.
The combination of heavy snowfall and gusty winds will create blowing and drifting and will reduce visibility, making travel very hazardous to nearly impossible during the storm.
If you don't like the weather in Nebraska, wait a day because it will change.
But unfortunately as quickly as a sunny days come, they leave again because despite temperatures in the 70s this week, a snow storm is fast approaching and expected to drop 8-12 inches of snow. The National Weather Service has already issued a Winter Storm Watch for Antelope County from 6 p.m. Thursday until Friday afternoon.
A rain and snow mix on Thursday is expected to change to snow Thursday evening with snow continuing through Friday. A gusty northeast to northwest wind may cause blowing and drifting snow, which would impact travel. Winds, combined with wet and heavy snow could create a risk of sporadic power outages.
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