A strong early spring storm system will cross the Great Plains on Wednesday. Accumulating snow, blowing snow and strong northerly winds are expected. A winter storm warning (pink) will be in effect from 1pm Wednesday to noon Thursday.
Rain will change to snow early Wednesday afternoon. Snow may be heavy at times Wednesday afternoon and evening before ending from west to east late Wednesday evening into Thursday morning. Snowfall accumulations of 4″ to 10″ will be possible. Winds will be sustained out of the north at 20 to 30-mph, with gusts approaching 50-mph in open areas.
Snow will combine with the strong winds, producing areas of blowing and drifting snow. Accumulating snow may make roadways and walkways slick. Ranchers with calving interests should take additional action to protect young and newborn livestock. Any melted snow may refreeze Wednesday night as temperatures drop into the upper teens.
A winter storm warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Significant amounts of snow are forecast that will make travel dangerous. Only travel in an emergency. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food, and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.
A winter weather advisory (purple) is also in effect from 7pm Wednesday to 7am Thursday. Rain will mix with and eventually change over to all snow Wednesday afternoon with periods of moderate snow occurring Wednesday evening into Wednesday night. Some tree damage and power outages due to the wet snow and strong winds may be possible. Travel will be hazardous due to falling snow and strong winds.
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