High winds add to winter weather Monday and Tuesday

National Weather Service

Snow will end this morning (03/05/18) across north central Nebraska but will start again tonight, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) out of North Platte.

Travel conditions today may be hazardous but below blizzard threshold. That will change tonight and into Tuesday morning as colder temperature, accumulating snow and strong winds develop.

A Blizzard Warning remains in effect for the counties of Keya Paha and Boyd in Nebraska, including the cities of Springview, Spencer, Butte, and Lynch until noon CST Tuesday. Wind gusts as high as 55 mph will cause whiteout conditions in blowing snow. Significant drifting of the snow is likely. Snow accumulations of 4 to 6 inches are expected.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until noon CST for Easter Cherry, Brown, Rock and Holt Counties in Nebraska including the cities of Valentine, Ainsworth, Bassett, Rose, O'Neill, and Atkinson. There will be mixed precipitation. Additional snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches, with localized amounts up to 5 inches, are possible. Strong winds gusting 35 to 55 mph will produce blowing snow. Plan on slippery road conditions, including during the morning commute on Tuesday. Damage to trees and power lines is likely. Be prepared for reduced visibilities at times.

A High Wind Warning remains in effect until 9 p.m. CST/8 p.m. MST today for the following counties in Nebraska: Sheridan-Garden-Grant-Hooker-Thomas-Blaine-Loup-Garfield-Wheeler-
Arthur-McPherson-Logan-Custer-Deuel-Keith-Perkins-Lincoln-Chase-Hayes-Frontier-Western Cherry, including the cities of Gordon, Rushville, Oshkosh, Lewellen, Hyannis, Mullen, Thedford, Halsey, Dunning, Purdum, Brewster, Taylor, Burwell, Bartlett, Ericson, Arthur, Tryon, Ringgold, Stapleton, Broken Bow, Chappell, Big Springs, Ogallala, Paxton, Grant, North Platte, Champion, Enders, Imperial, Wauneta, Hayes Center, Curtis, Eustis, Maywood, Cody, Eli, Merriman, and Kilgore.

Winds will be northwest 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph. Winds will increase during the morning and peak mid to late afternoon. Strong winds will continue into early evening.

High profile vehicles and vehicles towing light weight trailers will encounter dangerous cross winds which could cause a loss of control. Minor roof damage is possible.

A High Wind Warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage.