The blizzard warning covers a wide area, including Thurston, Cuming, Colfax, Butler, and Seward counties.
"Total snow accumulations of 7 inches to 11 inches, with localized amounts up to 18 inches, are expected", according to the bulletin posted just before noon on Thursday.
Now, National Weather Service in Sioux Falls has placed most Northwest Iowa counties in a Blizzard Warning, as also were the five closest Northeast Nebraska counties and all but a few northern counties South Dakota near the North Dakota border.
Rainfall was forecast into Friday evening, with the changeover to snow around 9 p.m. Wind gusts of up to 50 miles per hour will make travel hazardous.
The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning is in effect from 1 p.m. Friday to 7p.m. Saturday for a good portion of western and central Nebraska.
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Because of winter weather conditions, the Kansas Department of Transportation closed K-27 from the US 36 junction to the Nebraska state line, and USA 36 from St. Francis to the Colorado state line.
WHAT... Blizzard conditions expected.
Travel is not recommended as conditions will range from very unsafe to impossible with downed tree branches are possible, too. "Damage to trees and power lines is likely". High winds may cause blow over of high profile vehicles. Do not travel. If you must travel, be sure to pack a winter survival kit. At least 11 inches of snow had fallen in Valentine, and areas near Chadron and Sidney received almost 10 inches.
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