Weather Alert Day for Heavy Snow and Cold on Sunday
Weather Alert through Monday morning
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) -Saturday updates include changes to the Weather Alert headlines. The potential for heavy snow will extend farther south through Sunday into Southwest Nebraska. Winter Storm Warnings have been extended to counties just west of North Platte. The North Platte area will be under a Winter Weather Advisory after midnight tonight through Monday morning. The entire region will encounter moderate to heavy snow accumulations, blowing snow reducing visibility, along with slick roads that could make travel treacherous.
Beginning Saturday evening, rain and snow showers are expected to begin across northern Nebraska before pushing south and southeast into the area and turning over to all snow past midnight and into the day on Sunday. Into the day on Sunday, it will be cloudy, cold, windy, and snowy - all in all a pretty miserable day if you have to step outside. Temperatures will likely reach their peak around midnight, with temperatures falling into the upper teens to lower 20s by Sunday afternoon with wind chills in the single digits to lower teens with snow expected through most of the day.
Snow will be moderate to heavy at times through the day on Sunday and combined with north winds sustained at 15 to 25 MPH with gusts to 35 MPH, travel will be very difficult at times through the day due to blowing snow and reduced visibility. Total snowfall accumulations across much of western and northern sections of the state will range from 6″ to 8″ across the Eastern Panhandle into the Northern Sandhills extending into Southwest Nebraska along and either side of US-61. North Platte is right on the line from the moderate to heavier snow totals. Lighter amounts are expected across southern and eastern Nebraska where at times we could see snow mix with rain, sleet, and freezing rain. Total accumulations in he North Platte region look to be around 4-6″ There remains some uncertainty if a second band of heavy snow impacts Southwest Nebraska on Sunday.
Snow showers should end as we head into Monday morning as the low pressure system slides out of the area, leaving us with bitterly cold conditions to start the new work week. Monday morning could threaten record low temperatures not just for the day, but for the entire month of October with temperatures below zero and into the single digits for western Nebraska. Wind chills readings will be below zero for at least a few hours for all of western Nebraska.
After Monday, more sunshine is expected the rest of the week with warmer weather. Temperatures should reach around 40° on Tuesday before climbing to the lower 50s Wednesday and Thursday and then near 60° by next Friday.
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