Our snowstorm continues today as the most intense snow for the Tri--Cities is happening right away early this morning. Look for a lightening of the intensity of the snow through the day and for it to become a little more scattered in nature later on. In fact, we'll see the snowfall become less intense from south to north through the day. This means that Northern Nebraska will continue to see the greatest impacts through the remainder of the day. On top of the snowfall we have already seen, an additional 1 to 9 inches of snow is expected from south to north. Those higher totals of snow over 4 inches will mainly be for North Central Nebraska. Areas east of highway 81 will see very little if any precipitation today, but it will remain clouds.
Wind speeds will continue to be strong, although not as strong as previously expected. Look for peak wind gusts in the 40 to 50 mph range, likely strongest in the Sandhills region. These winds still could cause visibility restrictions below 1 miles and at times to near blizzard conditions. The worst conditions will continue to be northwest and north of the Tri-Cities area.
Beyond the winter storm, we will begin to see improving conditions. Today will be the coldest day as most of us only see highs in the 20s and 30s...coldest northwest. There could be a few 40s in the far eastern part of the state. Snow will come to an end tonight, but light snow will linger in Northern Nebraska. Lows will dip back to between the upper 10s west to near 30° in the east. With winds remaining out of the west northwest at 15 to 30 mph, wind chills will remain in the single digits and 10s.
Friday will improve slightly. Skies will remain partly to mostly cloudy with the best chance for sun in the south away from the exiting storm. Some light period of snow are still possible for Northern Nebraska. Highs will range from the low to mid 30s over the deepest snowpack up north to nearly 50° in the far southeast. Look for lower 40s around the Tri-Cities. Winds will remain blustery at 15 to 30 mph out of the west northwest.
Saturday will feature more sun in the east and thicker clouds in the west. There is even a slight chance of rain, possibly mixed with snow in the morning out west. Highs will range from the mid 30s northwest to the mid 50s southeast. It'll be close to 50° in the Tri-Cities.
Sunday and Monday will feature mostly sunny skies with the continued warming trend. Highs on Sunday will range from the mid 40s northwest to the lower 60s southeast. Look for upper 50s for the Tri-Cities. Monday looks like the warmest day of the extended forecast. Many areas should at least see mid to upper 60s if not low to mid 70s with the warmest temperatures in the southeast. Some areas that may still have snow on the ground way up north may be stuck in the 50s. Tuesday may be a little cooler with a few more clouds. More areas in the 60s are expected. 50s are more likely to the northwest.