Cold Temperatures, Strong Winds, and Heavy Snow
A strong winter storm tonight and Sunday will bring snow and strong winds to the area for Easter Sunday. Winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories have been posted accordingly, going into effect Saturday night and lasting throughout the day Sunday.
Rain is expected to transition to snow from west to east overnight tonight with heavy snow possible at times through Sunday. The heaviest snow will fall across the Northern Sandhills and along the South Dakota boarder where 4-8" of wet snow will be possible. Further south, lesser totals are expected with the North Platte area currently looking for about 1-2" of snow.
Significant blowing and drifting snow will be an additional concern as winds could gust 30-50 miles per hour through the day. The wet nature of snow should help to keep whiteout conditions at bay and will keep us below blizzard criteria, but visibility is still expected to be greatly reduced. Travel will be hazardous and is not advised, especially in northern Nebraska where the heaviest snow is expected to fall.
Many will see their high temperature reading Sunday around midnight with falling temperatures through the day. Sunday afternoon temperatures will likely peak around freezing. Strong winds will keep wind chills in the teens and low 20s through the day. Hazardous conditions are likely for young livestock between the wet snow, strong winds, and falling temperatures.