Winter Storm Watch issued for Eastern Nebraska; 3-5 inches expected

Winter Storm Watch issued for Eastern Nebraska; 3-5 inches expected
Weather graphic courtesy National Weather Service Omaha/Valley, 1/9/17

VALLEY/OMAHA — Snow and blowing snow is likely from Wednesday evening through Thursday morning according to forecasters with the National Weather Service in Omaha/Valley. Rain will change to snow on Wednesday evening through Wednesday night, with accumulating snow expected through Thursday morning. Strong northwest winds will create blowing and drifting snow, with reduced visibilities. The winds will combine with plunging temperatures to cause wind chills to drop to the teens below zero. Additionally, the plunging temperatures may cause wet surfaces to freeze quickly, leaving a layer of ice beneath the snow.

A Winter Storm Watch is in effect from Wednesday night through Thursday morning. Plan on difficult travel conditions, including during the morning commute on Thursday. Tree branches could fall, as well. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 5 inches, with isolated higher amounts, are possible.

Significant reductions in visibility are possible. Cold wind chills as low as 15 below zero will cause frostbite in as little as 30 minutes to exposed skin. Rapidly falling temperatures on Wednesday night may cause wet surfaces
to freeze quickly, leaving a layer of ice beneath the snow.

A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet, or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.

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