More chances for winter weather on Thanksgiving

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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.

Wednesday & Wednesday Night:

It will be breezy in the morning with northwest winds of 10 to 20 mph, but they should relax through the afternoon. Sunshine will return, but it'll remain chilly. Highs will range from the upper 20s north and west to the upper 30s in the far southeast where there will be very little if any snow on the ground.

Clouds will be on the increase Wednesday night with the approach of another powerful low pressure system. There could be some snow after midnight in southern portions of the area. While lows will drop back into the 10s, temperatures are expected to rise after midnight as the clouds move in.

Thanksgiving Thursday:

Another storm system, which is more powerful and larger than the first will impact the area. The system is so large, it may impact the area for three or four days. With that said, the lasting impacts for the immediate Local4 viewing area may not be as big as the first storm system.

Snow is expected to spread into the area early Thursday morning, which could pose impacts to travel. The good news is that this system's snow should not be as heavy as today and the winds should not be as strong out of the southeast at 10 to 20 mph. As of right now, the impacts look to be greatest in Central and Eastern Nebraska and may be a little lower to the west. While snowfall totals look to be in the 1 to 4 inch range, but some may melt because temperatures will be climbing into the low to mid 30s. This could also mean a slight chance of more of a wintry mix at times.

Thursday Night:

While precipitation may continue into the night, it should be on the lighter side. Through the overnight, temperatures will stay steady or slightly rise in the low and maybe mid 30s. This could transition any light snow to more of a mix of light freezing rain and light sleet. It may warm up enough that some areas get some light rain.


For most of the day, temperatures should be warm enough that we should just see rainfall, outside of a slight chance of a mix early in the day. Precipitation will become more widespread again, so rainfall totals could be decent. There are no significant flooding concerns, but the rain and snow melt could lead to some minor areas of flooding. High temperatures are expected to rise into the upper 30s and low to mid 40s.

Friday Night through Saturday Night:

Overnight, low pressure will move from Nebraska into South Dakota. As that happens, dry air will get drawn up into the system, which will include most of our area. So rain that lingers into the evening may clear out later in the night. This may continue into early Saturday morning. As the day progresses Saturday, moisture will begin to wrap around that area and back into Northern Nebraska. Meanwhile, winds will begin to shift and become westerly, then northwesterly. They will also get quite strong, possibly gusting to 50 mph. So blowing snow could become a concern for our Northern Nebraska viewers Saturday afternoon and Saturday night. Meanwhile, very little snow will make it much farther south than about I-80. Look for highs on Saturday in the 30s, but some 40s will be possible south and east with some sunshine.


Some snow may linger into Sunday, but mainly for northeastern areas. Winds will likely remain quite strong on Sunday as well. Look for highs in the upper 20s and low to mid 30s.

Monday and beyond:

Much of the week ahead will feature drier weather with more sunshine. While Monday may still be chilly in the mid 30s to mid 40s, warmer temperatures in the 40s and 50s are expected for the rest of the week. There should be plenty of snow melt during this time.