Next storm system arrives Friday with chance of snow, colder temperatures

Clark Diaz
December 28, 2018

The Nebraska State Patrol has issued a warning to drivers traveling on the Interstate 80 Thursday and Friday.

Drivers should expect the roads to be impacted with hard driving conditions and road closures around the state. The storm will be accompanied by strong winds and plummeting temperatures. Rain was expected to change to a wintry mix or snow in the Lexington-to-Ord area sometime around 2 a.m. Rain and possibly snow move in Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

By Thursday night, however, temperatures will start to fall and all rain that fell through the day will freeze which could lead to some treacherous travel for at least the first part of Friday.

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As much as 5 inches of rain are possible along the central Gulf Coast, while as much as 1 foot of snow could fall in the northern USA over the next three days. Even folks who stay at home could be affected if the wind causes power outages. The storm was expected to drop more than a foot of snow in the region before ending Friday. The heaviest snowfall is expected along and west of the Red River Valley, where blizzard conditions are expected Thursday.

Looking at forecasting models, the weather service said the most likely scenario puts about 10 inches of snow in Brainerd with more snow falling just to the north and east.

Once the fog lifts, Christmas will be the best day for traveling this week.

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Sustained winds of 15-30 miles per hour with gusts ranging between 40 and 60 miles per hour are anticipated in part of the snowfall area.

For those still digging out, Sunday could provide a high of 27 degrees beneath partly cloudy skies before colder conditions return for year's end. Parts of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota and Kansas were getting a slew of weather warnings, watches and advisories. Cold weather settles in, with highs in the 20s and overnight lows in the teens and single digits.

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