A snow storm is expected Wednesday and Thursday, leading to blizzard conditions and extreme cold, according to the National Weather Service.
Up to 5 inches of snow is expected with 35 mph wind gusts, with isolated higher amounts. Tree branches could fall and wind chill below -15 degrees is possible. Rapidly falling temperatures may cause wet surfaces to freeze quickly, leaving a layer of ice beneath the snow.
Nebraska will see its lowest wind chill forecast yet over the weekend as the New Year rings in.
Sunday night into Monday, the Nebraska National Weather Service has predicted a wind chill of 30 to 40 below zero. They advise to be prepared for dangerously cold temperatures during New Years Eve and New Years Day.
An advisory will be in effect Wednesday morning with the chill expected to dip to 25 degrees below zero.
According to the National Weather Service, an advisory will be in effect from 2 a.m. to 10 a.m. thanks to wind chills low enough to cause frostbite in little as 30 minutes to exposed skin. The combination of bitter cold temperatures of 5 to 15 below zero and variable winds up to 10 mph will produce wind chill values between 10-25 degrees below zero.
Roadways are expected to worsen in Antelope County as more precipitation enters in the area throughout Thursday.
According to the National Weather Service, the county is in a Winter Weather Advisory until 9 p.m. with a mixture of freezing rain, snow and sleet possible. Slippery roads have already developed, making travel hazardous in some areas.
Total snow accumulations of up to 1 inch is possible and ice accumulations of up to 1/10 of an inch expected.
A Significant Weather Advisory is in effect for northern Antelope County, according to the National Weather Service.
Doppler radar was tracking strong thunderstorms along a line extending from 14 miles north of Page to 4 miles southeast of Orchard to 12 miles south of Ewing. Movement was east at 35 mph. Half inch hail and winds in excess of 40 mph will be possible with these storms.
Locations impacted include Neligh, Plainview, Creighton, Bloomfield, Osmond, Wausa, Verdigre, Clearwater, Niobrara, Santee, Crofton, Pleasant Valley, Brunswick, Center, Winnetoon, Royal, Magnet, Foster, Bazile Mills and Lindy.
This includes Highway 275 in between mile markers 28 and 41, Hwy 81 between mile markers 186 and 197 and Hwy 20 between mile markers 335 and 370.
Torrential rainfall is also occurring with these storms, and may lead to localized flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways.
A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect until 1 a.m. Monday for Antelope County an several surrounding counties.
According to the National Weather Service, the counties of Antelope, Boone, Knox, Madison, Pierce and Platte is in this watch. The locations potentially impacted include Albion, Bloomfield, Columbus, Creighton, Crofton, Elgin, Neligh, Niobrara, Norfolk, Osmond, Pierce, Plainview, St. Edward, Verdigre and Wausa.