Heavy snowfall this weekend will lead to dangerous road conditions

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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - Moderate to heavy snow overnight changes over to light to moderate snow on by Sunday morning. As snow moves out, late in the day on Saturday winds will increase to 15 to 30 mph, creating the potential for blowing and drifting snow, especially in northern Nebraska. The concern for blowing snow continues through Sunday and even Monday. Visibility could be severely affected at times, and drifting snow over the roads could lead to poor driving conditions.

Potential snowfall across the area will feature a wide range of totals. Many areas could be in the 4-8" range, with even higher amounts possible to the north. Further into southern Nebraska, lighter snowfall is expected with more rain ahead of time, only 1-3" of snow is expected. Accumulations will start to add up into late tonight with us seeing about 80% of the snow that falls sticking. As always, locally higher snowfall totals are possible where heavy snow bands set up. It is important not to focus on the nitty gritty details when it comes to snow totals and rather focus on the big picture- accumulating snow and ice and blowing snow will lead to hazardous travel across the region.

The precipitation and gusty winds are expected to continue into Sunday. Clearing and cold conditions along with some blowing snow will develop as Sunday goes along, but we could still see snow through the early afternoon hours before is begins to exit the region. The slow easterly movement of this weather system will mean cold temperatures gusty winds and blowing snow will linger into the early part of next week. Please stay up-to-date with the latest NBC Nebraska forecasts on-air, on-line, and on our app.

SUNDAY: Light to moderate snow, then becoming partly sunny in the afternoon. Continued breezy with areas of blowing snow. Northwesterly winds gusting 30-45 MPH. Chilly. Highs in the upper 20s and low 30s.

MONDAY: Mostly sunny and breezy again with areas of blowing snow. Northwesterly winds gusting 30-40 MPH. Highs around freezing.

TUESDAY: Sunny and quiet. Highs around freezing.

NEW YEAR'S DAY: Mostly sunny and seasonal. Highs in the upper 30s and low 40s.

Travelers are advised to be alert, be aware, and check the most up-to-date travel conditions available through 511, Nebraska’s Advanced Traveler Information System. The system is available at all times via phone, online at 511.Nebraska.gov, and with 511’s smartphone app.

“Our teams are ready throughout Nebraska to respond to whatever this storm system brings,” said NDOT Director Kyle Schneweis. “Drivers can also get a real-time view of what conditions are like with our Plow Tracker network and see what our team is seeing on the roads.”

Troopers will be working and ready to help motorists in need of assistance, should the need arise. Any traveler who needs help can call the NSP Highway Helpline at *55 or 800-525-5555 to speak directly with an NSP dispatcher. Call 911 for any emergency.

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