NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - Saturday evening update:
Snow continues across the region Saturday afternoon, beginning to come to an end Saturday evening. Light snowfall accumulations, up to about an inch, will still be possible across northern Nebraska overnight where winter weather alerts remain in place.
Even through snow will come to an end overnight, blowing snow will remain a concern, reducing visibility, and thus the Blizzard Warnings across northern portions of Greater Nebraska remain in effect through midday Sunday. Continue to avoid or delay travel if possible until Saturday afternoon, but if you absolutely must be on the roads, use extreme caution. Take it slow and allow extra space between cars. Check your route ahead of time as many roads are closed due to winter weather conditions.
Dangerous winds remain a big focus and gusts 40-60 MPH are expected into the evening and early overnight hours before they begin to taper off. The High Wind Warning remains in effect for southern portions of Greater Nebraska into early Sunday morning.
A winter storm is blowing through the northern plains and through Nebraska. Meteorologist report whiteout blizzard conditions across northern Nebraska which will continue through Saturday afternoon. Snow showers across Central and Southwest Nebraska will continue through noon.
Officials are expecting reduced visibility‘s as the storm passes through the region. 511 Nebraska is reporting road closures in the Panhandle. Interstate 80 is closed, and so are several major highways in the Panhandle. Meteorologist say snow will be heavy at times across much of northern Nebraska today.
The snowstorm is tied to a larger system that is impacting the Dakotas. Blizzard warning is in effect for the northern Sandhills through noon on Sunday. Other pieces of northern Nebraska are in a winter storm warning. A high wind warning is impacting Southwest Nebraska and parts of Central Nebraska. That high wind warning is in effect through 6 a.m. on Sunday. Expert say winds could top 60 mph in North Platte and Ogallala.
60 mph winds are also expected in Broken Bow. The winds aren't as strong in Valentine, where they could top 45 mph. Officials said the damaging winds could blow down trees and power lines and create possible power outages. Officials warn travel conditions could be very difficult in the western half and northern sections of Nebraska.