Winter Storm Watch issued for Thanksgiving Day

Posted at 4:12 PM, Nov 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-24 17:12:40-05

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for much of the viewing area on Thanksgiving Day.

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Forecasters say to expect rain, freezing rain and sleet, followed by light snow.

The Winter Storm Watch runs from Thursday morning through the evening for the following counties:

Harrison, Shelby, Pottawattamie, Mills, Montgomery, Fremont, Page, Washington, Butler, Saunders, Douglas, Sarpy, Seward, Lancaster Cass, Otoe, Saline, Jefferson, Gage, Johnson, Nemaha, Pawnee, Richardson

Read the full notice below:

Winter Storm Watch in effect from Thursday morning through Thursday evening...

The National Weather Service in Omaha/Valley has issued a Winter Storm Watch, which is in effect from Thursday morning through Thursday evening.

* Timing...rain will change to freezing rain and sleet by around   midday close to Interstate 80...and by around sunset in   southeast Nebraska and southwest Iowa. Light snow accumulation   may then follow the ice and sleet on Thursday evening into Thursday night.

* Ice and snow accumulations...freezing rain may bring significant   ice accumulation of up to a tenth to a quarter inch during the day on Thursday...followed by an accumulation of sleet and then an inch or less of snow.

* Other impacts...north winds of 15 to 20 mph...with higher gusts...are possible on Thursday into Friday. Should significant icing materialize...the combination of ice and wind may create  power outages. Ice...sleet...and snow could create treacherous  travel conditions on Thanksgiving Day into early Friday.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Winter Storm Watch means there is a potential for significant snow...sleet...or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.