The oncoming winter storm has now been upgraded to a blizzard.
Boone County residents are in a blizzard warning from 6 p.m. on Sunday until 6 p.m. on Monday. According to the National Weather Service, snow is expected to begin in the early evening hours, becoming heavier over night. Accumulations are expected of up to 15 inches.
Northern winds reaching 45 miles per hour are expected with this storm, causing any travel to be near impossible.
Up to 15 inches of snow is possible Sunday and Monday in Boone County, according to the National Weather Service.
A winter storm warning will go into effect from 3 p.m. Sunday through 6 p.m. Monday. Mixed precipitation is expected late Sunday afternoon and will transition to heavy snow Sunday night and last through Monday. Travel will be very difficult to impossible Monday morning.
A snow storm is expected Wednesday and Thursday, leading to blizzard conditions and extreme cold, according to the National Weather Service.
Up to 5 inches of snow is expected with 35 mph wind gusts, with isolated higher amounts. Tree branches could fall and wind chill below -15 degrees is possible. Rapidly falling temperatures may cause wet surfaces to freeze quickly, leaving a layer of ice beneath the snow.
Nebraska will see its lowest wind chill forecast yet over the weekend as the New Year rings in.
Sunday night into Monday, the Nebraska National Weather Service has predicted a wind chill of 30 to 40 below zero. They advise to be prepared for dangerously cold temperatures during New Years Eve and New Years Day.
A winter weather advisory is currently in affect for Boone County until noon on Wednesday.
Snow has begun to fall across northeast Nebraska, with the heaviest snowfall expected to come between 10 p.m and 2 a.m. Snow will continue to fall into the morning on Wednesday. Three to six inches is expected to accumulate throughout the county.
A winter weather advisory for snow means that periods of snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities and use caution while driving.
According to the National Weather Service, a light mixture of snow, sleet and freezing rain is expected to spread over Eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa during the day on Sunday, with the heaviest precipitation expected Sunday night in Monday.
The National Weather Service expects the highest ice accumulations south of interstate 80 where there is a potential for a quarter inch or more of ice accumulation. Areas farther north are likely to see more sleet and snow and less icing.
Sleet accumulation of one to three inches are possible in far Northeast Nebraska, according to the storm watch.
Hazardous travel due to icy or snow-packed roads is likely. Sidewalks and parking lots will be very slippery as well. Some damage to tree limbs and power outages are possible. Precautionary and preparedness actions are recommended.
A winter storm watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts and look back for updates.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory in effect from noon today to noon Saturday, December 17.
A wind chill warning is also in effect from noon Saturday to 11 a.m. on Sunday, December 18.
According to the National Weather Service, snow is expected to develop this afternoon, preceded by some patchy freezing drizzle. Snow accumulations of two to four inches are possible, and north to northwest winds increasing to 15 to 30 mph could create areas of blowing snow and reduced visibility, especially in open areas. Travel may be hazardous.
Wind chill values are also expected to fall to 20 below by midday Saturday and 30 below on Saturday night and early morning Sunday. The National Weather Service is urgning residents to use caution and be prepared, as dangerously low wind chill values will cause frost bite to exposed skin in a short period of time.
A winter weather advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibilites and use caution while driving. A wind chill warning means the combination of very cold air and strong winds will create dangerously low chill values. This will result in frosbite and lead to hypothermia or death if precuations are not taken.
Boone County is expecting a slightly warmer weekend.
Friday is looking at a high of 25 degrees and low of 13, with a 20% chance of flurries or snow showers.
Saturday's chance of snow will remain at 20%. The high will be 34 and low 23.
Sunday will be partly cloudy, with a high of 29 and low of 17. There is only a 10% chance of snow.
Residents are encouraged to enjoy the nice weekend weather, because immediately following the weekend, Boone County is expecting a significant drop in temperatures.
From Monday to Wednesday, temperatures will drop 30 degrees in only two days.
Throughout the weekend, the weather will warm up, with mostly cloudy skies on Saturday and a high of 39 and low of 26.
Sunday will be a sunny day, with an even warmer high of 49 and low of 29.
Expect to see the weather start dropping on Tuesday, with the high going down to 25 degrees and then to 17 on Wednesday. The county is forecasted for a 60% chance of AM snow showers on Wednesday, with about an inch of snow expected.
Winter has officially hit Boone County, but there are still some sunny days expected throughout Thanksgiving weekend.
Thursday's high is 44 with a low of 26. It will be mostly cloudy, but only a 20% chance of rain.
The sun will come out on Friday, warming up the day. The high will be 51 and the low 26 with a 0% chance or rain.
Saturday will be another beautiful sunny day, with no rain expected and high of 55 and low 31.
Sunday will be the only wet day of the weekend, with a 70% chance of rain in the afternoon, a high of 53 and low of 31.
It'll be a great weekend for eating and watching football, and don't miss out on the sunny, warmer days!