Blizzard Warning in South Central Nebraska

This alert expired on Dec 20, 2012 3:00 AM CST
National Weather Service
Alert area: Adams; Buffalo; Clay; Fillmore; Franklin; Furnas; Hall; Hamilton; Harlan; Kearney; Merrick; Nuckolls; Phelps; Polk; Thayer; Webster; York

Posted Dec 19, 2012 2:55 PM CST

Winter Storm with blizzard conditions across most of South Central Nebraska and North Central Kansas.

A strong upper level low pressure system will eject out of the central Rockies, and cross the Central Plains through tonight. Moderate to heavy snow will continue to fall through the evening and into tonight, before coming to end by Thursday morning. Storm Total Snowfall accumulations are expected to range from 3 to 10 inches across the local area, with the heaviest amounts generally along and south of the Platte River in South Central Nebraska. In addition to falling snow, strong north winds with sustained speeds of 25 to 35 mph and gusts to 45 mph will result in considerable blowing and drifting of snow as well as poor visibilities, resulting in blizzard or near blizzard conditions at times. This will make travel hazardous through the evening and into the first part of the night, before conditions gradually improve from west to east overnight.

Blizzard Warning remains in effect until 3 am CST Thursday.

A Blizzard Warning remains in effect until 3 am CST Thursday.

  • Snow accumulation: storm Total Snowfall accumulations of 5 to 10 inches are forecast by late tonight, with locally higher amounts possible.
  • Timing: snow will into continue into tonight before ending from west to east by Thursday morning.
  • Winds: North at 25 to 35 mph with gusts of 45 mph.
  • Impacts: The heavy snow combined with the strong winds will result in considerable blowing and drifting snow, and create White-out conditions at times. Travel will be difficult if not impossible through the evening and into tonight, especially in open areas.

Recommended actions

A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to Whiteout conditions, making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle.

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