NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - An intense spring storm system is set to move through the state as we head through the middle part of the week with heavy snow, rain, and wind moving into the area.
On Tuesday, cloudy skies with a chance for some rain throughout the day is expected. Temperatures should be fairly seasonal, in the 40s and 50s for most of the area. A surface low pressure system though will begin to emerge into eastern Colorado by late Tuesday night, with rain becoming increasingly likely across the area.
As that low pressure system exits Colorado and slides across Kansas into eastern Nebraska, rain will eventually turn over to snow Wednesday afternoon into Wednesday evening with areas of heavy snow expected. As the low deepens and tracks across the state, winds will become very strong, with gusts as high as 60 to 70 MPH possible Wednesday night and lasting into the day on Thursday.
This combination of heavy snow and very strong winds will create difficult, dangerous, and impossible travel conditions across western Nebraska Wednesday night into the day on Thursday and travel is not recommended during this time.
Snow accumulations are difficult to pinpoint at this time as a very tight gradient of no snow to very heavy snow will exist, though the potential for 12" to 18" of snow exists for the Panhandle into parts of north central Nebraska. In North Platte, snow accumulations now are expected to range between 2" and 6".
Friday into the weekend should be sunny with highs in the upper 30s to mid 40s with dry weather expected.
MONDAY NIGHT: Cloudy with areas of drizzle and fog. Some patchy freezing drizzle possible. Lows in the low 30s.
TUESDAY: Cloudy with slight chances for rain or freezing rain through the day. Highs in the low 50s. South winds around 10 MPH. Rain becomes likely Tuesday night.
WEDNESDAY: Rain likely with temperatures falling through the day. Rain turns over to snow Wednesday evening with moderate snow possible. Windy conditions expected with gusts up to 50 MPH possible by Wednesday night.
THURSDAY: Snow possible through the morning. Very windy with winds gusting between 40 and 60 MPH. Highs in the low 30s.
FRIDAY: Sunny and cold. Highs in the mid 30s.