Wintry mix of precipitation makes travel dangerous

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Snow falling across Northern and Eastern Nebraska is transitioning to more freezing drizzle for much of the rest of the area as of mid-morning Friday. As that transition occurs, there will be a window of time for a little bit of sleet.

Most roads are already snow covered Friday morning and throwing on a layer of thin ice won't help things out much. Continue to plan on slick road conditions through the rest of the day. Areas south of I-80 and west of Hwy 183 may warm up above freezing later Friday, which may help with a little melting. We'll see highs Friday from around 30° northeast to the lower 40s southwest. Look for lower 30s for the Tri-Cities. Winds will remain strong out of the south southeast at 10 to 25 mph with gusts approaching 35 mph.

Friday evening, a cold front will move in from the northwest. This could bring some additional light rain/drizzle, freezing rain/drizzle, and snow before midnight. It could last beyond midnight for Eastern Nebraska.

Behind the front, winds will shift out of the northwest and increase to 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 45 mph. Some gusts in Northern Nebraska may approach 60 mph. These strong northwest winds will draw in colder temperatures. As the temperature quickly drop, refreezing of wet surfaces will be possible, continuing the threat for hazardous travel conditions. Blowing snow will also be possible due to the strong winds.

After midnight, conditions will dry out quickly and skies will clear up. That will leave us with a windy and cold start to Saturday. Lows will drop into the lower 10s northeast to the mid 20s south.