Authorities have issued blizzard warnings for northwest Nebraska that go into effect Friday evening and last through Sunday morning.
Snowfall ranging from 3 to 12 inches (7.6 centimeters to 30.5 centimeters) is predicted for the northern Nebraska Panhandle east through Cherry County. Howling winds with gusts to 65 mph (104.6 kph) are expected as well.
The snow and wind are part of a large storm system expected to drop up to 2 feet (0.6 meters) of additional snow from the Sierra Nevada to the central and northern Rockies as it rolls across a large swath of the western and central United States.
Less extreme but still dicey weather for travel is forecast for the rest of Nebraska.