More chances for winter weather on Thanksgiving

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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - Just before 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, the Nebraska State Patrol said Interstate 80 is back open.

Late Tuesday, an 81-mile stretch of I-80 between York and Kearney was shut down.

Nebraska Department of Transportation said it's back open in both directions. Crews are out, working on clearing the snow and drifts. They say to give plows room so they can do their job.


NDOT adds that winter travel conditions still exist in much of the state. Travel only if you must and please slow down.

Our Wednesday will offer much calmer conditions with temperatures staying on the cold side. Highs will peak in the upper 20s and lower 30s with partly cloudy skies and weaker winds.

Thanksgiving will offer more chances for winter weather starting early that morning. Chances for snow, sleet, and freezing rain will be possible specifically in the easternmost portions of our region. The main risk here will be slick roads, since our snowfall totals will stay below 3 inches for most.

Black Friday could see off and on chances for a rain/snow mix turning into chances for widespread rain during that afternoon. Some more chances for rain and snow will continue into the first half of the weekend, but things will calm down toward the end of the forecast.

Heading into next week we'll see temperatures rise back into the 40s and 50s with more sunshine.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny and cold. Highs in the upper 20s. Northwest winds turning to the south at around 10 mph.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy. Lows around 10°. Southeast winds of 10 to 15 mph.

THANKSGIVING DAY: Cloudy and cold. Areas of light snow mixing with freezing rain at times. Highs in the low 30s. Southeast winds 10-20 gusting to 35 mph in the afternoon.

THURSDAY NIGHT: Cloudy with chances for snow. Temperatures in the 20s.

FRIDAY: Rain mixing with a little snow in the morning, then rain likely in the afternoon. Highs around 40°.

FRIDAY NIGHT: Cloudy, with a wintry mix of rain and snow likely in the evening. 40% chance of snow late overnight. Lows in the low 20s.

SATURDAY: Mostly cloudy and windy. 40% chance for snow. Areas of blowing snow possible. Highs in the low to mid 30s.

SATURDAY NIGHT: Mostly cloudy and windy. 30% chance for snow mainly in the evening. Areas of blowing snow into the night. Lows in the mid teens.

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny and breezy. Patchy areas of blowing snow. Highs in the upper 20s to mid 30s.