No travel is advised in Northeast Nebraska due to rapidly deteriorating conditions.
The Nebraska Department of Transportation said conditions are not suitable for travel and are dangerous. Roadways are completely snow covered at this time and wind gusts are exceeding 40 mph.
Snow is continuing to fall across the area and a blizzard warning remains in effect until 6 p.m. Monday.
Wind gusts of nearly 40 mph are making traveling conditions hazardous despite little snow on the ground at this time. Conditions are expected to deteriorate even more as the storm makes its way into Northeast Nebraska later than predicted.
The National Weather Service is still predicting 12-18 inches of snow locally.
Current driving conditions show roadways are completely covered with mixed snow, ice or slush.
The oncoming winter storm has now been upgraded to a blizzard.
Antelope County residents are in a blizzard warning from 6 p.m. on Sunday until 6 p.m. on Monday. According to the National Weather Service, snow is expected to begin in the early evening hours, becoming heavier over night. Accumulations are expected of up to 15 inches.
Northern winds reaching 45 miles per hour are expected with this storm, causing any travel to be near impossible.
Up to 15 inches of snow is possible Sunday and Monday in Antelope County, according to the National Weather Service.
A winter storm warning will go into effect from 3 p.m. Sunday through 6 p.m. Monday. Mixed precipitation is expected late Sunday afternoon and will transition to heavy snow Sunday night and last through Monday. Travel will be very difficult to impossible Monday morning.
A winter storm will impact the region Sunday into Monday. Some patchy freezing drizzle will be possible Sunday morning ahead of the system. This changes to rain, and then back to snow as the low pressure center moves to the northeast.
Heavy snow is possible from western and central Nebraska through northeast Nebraska, southern South Dakota, northwest Iowa, and Minnesota. Snow is predicted up to 8 inches in Antelope County.
Very strong winds are also forecast, which will create areas of blowing and drifting snow and potentially near blizzard conditions. Please stay up to date with the forecast as this storm approaches.
As of noon Thursday, a storm system off the West Coast continues to move towards the western and central Nebraska region through northeast Nebraska, southern South Dakota, northwest Iowa, and Minnesota.
Potential blizzard conditions are expected. Forecast details will arrive accordingly as the weekend approaches.
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