A strong storms system will cross the region late tonight through Friday morning, bringing accumulating snow to the area. Snow will develop late tonight over northeast Wyoming and spread east across western South Dakota through Thursday.
Rain will change to snow in the northeast Nebraska Panhandle Thursday afternoon and spread east across northern Nebraska Thursday night into Friday morning. Snow is expected to end late Friday morning, however, strong northerly winds will develop producing blowing and drifting of snow, especially in open areas.
Based on the latest forecast trends, 3 to 5 inches of snow is likely. Most of this will fall Thursday night. Snowfall rates could approach 1 inch per hour at times.
Northerly winds of 25 to 35-mph with gusts up to 45-mph are likely Thursday night into Friday which will produce blowing and drifting snow.
Reduced visibilities due to periods of heavy snow and blowing snow are possible in northern Nebraska. The snow will fall on warm ground, melt and refreeze to create ice covered roads. Travel will become very hazardous late Thursday night into Friday morning.