Winter storm blows through the northern plains and through Nebraska

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A winter storm is blowing through the northern plains and through Nebraska. Meteorologist report whiteout blizzard conditions across northern Nebraska which will continue through Saturday afternoon. Snow showers across Central and Southwest Nebraska will continue through noon.

Officials are expecting reduced visibility‘s as the storm passes through the region. 511 Nebraska is reporting road closures in the Panhandle. Interstate 80 is closed, and so are several major highways in the Panhandle. Meteorologist say snow will be heavy at times across much of northern Nebraska today.

Scottsbluff and Alliance could see 2-3 inches of snow through Sunday, with winds reaching around 62 mph. Chadron could see 6-8 inches of snow, and Valentine could see around 4-6 inches of snow.

The snowstorm is tied to a larger system that is impacting the Dakotas. Blizzard warning is in effect for the northern Sandhills through noon on Sunday. Other pieces of northern Nebraska are in a winter storm warning. A high wind warning is impacting Southwest Nebraska and parts of Central Nebraska. That high wind warning is in effect through 6 a.m. on Sunday. Expert say winds could top 60 mph in North Platte and Ogallala.

60 mph winds are also expected in Broken Bow. The winds aren't as strong in Valentine, where they could top 45 mph. Officials said the damaging winds could blow down trees and power lines and create possible power outages. Officials warn travel conditions could be very difficult in the western half and northern sections of Nebraska.