Snow persists on Sunday; into the night
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) -The Winter Storm Warnings have been extended into the Panhandle through Monday morning as a second band of heavier snow evolves through the Central and Southern Panhandle, eventually sagging south this afternoon through the evening into Southwest Nebraska including the North Platte area. Heavy to moderate snow is expected where this band sets up. Gusty winds will blow the snow around reducing visibility Cold arctic are will infiltrate the region through the night into Monday. Wind chills in the Northern Sandhills may drop to 10 to 15 below zero in those areas that have the fresh fallen snow as winds become gusty.
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 be falling into the upper teens to lower 20s by Sunday afternoon with wind chills falling to below zero in areas 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 10″ across part of the 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. 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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