The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for northwestern Antelope County.
At 10:40 p.m. a severe thunderstorm was located over Ewing moving northeast at 45 mph. The storm is expected to bring 60 mph wind gusts and quarter-size hail. Damage to roofs, siding and trees is possible.
Locations impacted include Clearwater, Orchard, Brunswick, Winnetoon, Royal and Ashfall Fossil Beds State Historical Park.
Large tree branches are down throughout Orchard after a wet, heavy snowfall wreaked havoc on the western Antelope County community.
More than 6 inches of snow fell overnight, causing much more than just a snow day in Orchard on Monday, May 1. Tree branches fell on several structures and in yards. There were also multiple reports of stuck vehicles throughout the community.
Drivers should use caution and wait for snowplows to clear Highway 20 between Orchard and O'Neill this morning after more than 6 inches of wet, heavy snow fell on the area.
A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until 10 a.m., according to the National Weather Service. Clearwater-Orchard has called off school today, Monday, May 1, due to the snow.
Up to five inches of snow is possible this evening and Monday morning as temperatures continue to fall.
The National Weather Service has issued as Winter Weather Advisory from 7 p.m. tonight until 9 a.m. Monday. Although some sleet and light snow is possible, more steady snow and potentially sleet are expected to develop late this afternoon. By the evening, all precipitation will be snow.
North and northwest winds of 15-30 mph are expected. The heavy wet snow will cause roadways to become slushy and snowpacked, creating hazardous conditions.
Up to quarter-size hail is possible in Antelope County with a storm that's pushing through the area.
The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for northeast Antelope County until 6:30 p.m. At 5:55 p.m., a severe thunderstorm was located near Creighton or 19 miles south of Santee Reservation. Locations impacted include Brunswick, Plainview, Creighton, Osmond and Foster.
The storm is moving east at 35 mph. Damage to vehicles is expected.
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.