FORECAST for SUNDAY, JANUARY 21st, 2018
A powerful winter storm system will bring dangerous weather conditions to much of the region...including the threat of heavy snow and high winds. Much of Western and Central Nebraska are already under BLIZZARD WARNINGS...including North Platte and the surrounding areas. The KNOP snowfall forecast in North Platte at this time is for the potential of 8-to-12" of new snow.
Conditions are expected to worsen from west-to-east across the state as the day goes along. An icy mix of precipitation may precede the snow in some areas...creating slick roadways...parking lots...and sidewalks..so please be careful with any travel plans. Whiteout-or-near-whiteout conditions will be likely in-and-near the blizzard warning areas.
Widespread snowfall amounts of 7-to-14" are possible...with some areas seeing the potential for up to 18" of new snow. The combination of heavy snow and increasingly strong winds will make for dangerous-if-not-impossible travel.
SUNDAY: Snow likely...possibly mixed at times with some sleet or freezing rain. North winds increasing to 25 to 35 mph...with gusts to 40 or 45 mph possible. Highs in the low-to-mid 30s.
SUNDAY NIGHT: Snow and blowing snow continues...snow will be heavy at times. N-NW winds of 20 to 40 mph...with gusts to 45 mph at times. Whiteout-or-near-whiteout conditions are possible.
MONDAY: Snow and blowing snow in the morning...then becoming mostly sunny in the afternoon. NW winds of 20 to 35 mph...with gusts to 40 mph early. Highs in the mid 30s.
MONDAY NIGHT: Clear to partly cloudy and colder. W-NW winds of 5 to 10 mph. Lows in the mid teens.
TUESDAY: Mostly sunny and seasonable. W-NW 5 to 109 mph. Highs in the mid-upper 30s.
WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny and continued seasonable. Highs in the mid-upper 30s.