Blizzard now expected for Central/Northern Plains Wednesday


NAM model showing precipitation type for Wednesday


National Weather Service Rapid City, SD


...POTENT SPRING STORM TO IMPACT THE REGION MIDWEEK... .A potent spring storm system will move across the region midweek, bringing rain, snow, and gusty winds to the area. Rain will develop across the area late Tuesday, then transition to snow Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. Snow will gradually end Wednesday night through Thursday. There is a potential that northeast Wyoming, the Black Hills, and western to central South Dakota will see more than 6 inches of accumulation. Some areas could see over a foot of snow. Very gusty northerly winds will create areas of blowing snow Wednesday through late Thursday, possibly reducing visibility to near zero at times. There is still uncertainty as to what specific impacts the area may see, so be sure to monitor the latest forecasts for updates.





...WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY MORNING THROUGH LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT... * WHAT...Heavy snow possible. Total snow accumulations of 3 to 9 inches possible. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. * WHERE...Portions of northeast Wyoming and northwestern South Dakota. * WHEN...From Wednesday morning through late Wednesday night.

"A strong spring storm will impact the region Wednesday through Thursday night. Heavy snow with totals of a foot or more are possible for a large portion of western and northern Nebraska. Blizzard conditions will also be possible with winds gusts up to 55 mph expected on Thursday. Continue to monitor the forecast for the latest updates and take proper precautions NOW for this storm!" -NWS North Platte, NE

National Weather Service North Platte, NE


...SPRING STORM IMPACTING THE REGION MIDWEEK... .A high impact storm system is expected to cross the Central Plains Wednesday afternoon through Thursday night. This storm system will bring multiple weather hazards to the area, including, accumulating heavy wet snow, strong winds as high as 45 to 55 mph with areas of blowing snow, light ice accumulations and much colder air.


...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY EVENING THROUGH LATE THURSDAY NIGHT... * WHAT...Blizzard conditions possible. Total snow accumulations of 5 to 13 inches and ice accumulations of a light glaze possible. Northerly winds 30 to 40 mph with gusts as high as 55 mph. The strong winds will create areas of blowing snow with visibility less than 1 mile at times. * WHERE...Portions of central, north central, panhandle, southwest and west central Nebraska. * WHEN...From Wednesday evening through late Thursday night.


"A Winter Storm Watch has been updated to include ALL of western Nebraska from Wednesday afternoon through late Thursday night. Total snow accumulations of 6-20 inches will be possible in the watch area. Strong northerly winds will gusts as high as 55 mph. Ice accumulations of up to one fifteenth of an inch will also be possible." - NWS North Platte, NE

National Weather Service Aberdeen, SD


...WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY MORNING THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON... * WHAT...Blizzard conditions possible. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 6 inches possible. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. * WHERE...Walworth, Corson, Potter and Dewey Counties. * WHEN...From Wednesday morning through Thursday afternoon. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel could be very difficult. Patchy blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute. Gusty winds could bring down tree branches.



"A potent storm system will bring accumulating snow to the area. Rain will change to snow across northeast Wyoming and western South Dakota Tuesday night, with rain changing to snow across south central South Dakota Wednesday afternoon. The snow will end from west to east Wednesday night into Thursday. Snowfall accumulations of 6 or more inches is expected across much of northeast Wyoming into western and central South Dakota. Keep in mind that there will be a lot of melting of the snow, especially during the daylight hours, so this could limit overall snowfall totals. Also, the snowfall forecast will likely change over the next few days as there is still some uncertainty in the location of heaviest snow. Be sure to monitor the latest forecasts for updated snowfall amounts and impacts." - NWS Rapid City, SD