Clouds start to thicken up overnight ahead of Friday's wintry mess. Lows will be in the upper 20s.
The arrival of the wintry mix is speeding up slightly and could impact the Friday morning commute for a few cities with a few scattered pockets of snow, rain/snow mix, and freezing rain. This becomes more widespread into the lunch hour, with a nearly full transition to snow happening from northeast to southwest through the late afternoon. The heaviest snow will likely be falling from late afternoon into the evening. It then tapers off overnight and ends very early Saturday morning before most of us get out of bed.
It will be breezy at times as the snow falls, reducing the visibility for drivers. Along with snow-covered roads, this will make for difficult to dangerous travel at times, including during the Friday evening commute and Friday night plans.
Snow totals will be highest east of the Omaha metro, where cities like Red Oak, Atlantic, and Denison will see 5-8 inches. Cities from Wayne, down into Omaha, and stretching into northwest Missouri can expect 2-5 inches. Totals farther west in areas like Columbus and Beatrice will see between a dusting and 2 inches. We'll continue to update the snow total map into Friday morning, so check back for any updates.
We stay breezy Saturday as colder air blows in. Highs will be in the low 20s with mostly cloudy skies.
We warm back into the mid 30s Sunday with a little more sunshine. We'll stay in the mid 30s for the MLK holiday, and then make a run for the low 40s on Tuesday.
Another cold front arrives midweek to drop us into the 20s for Wednesday.
Wintry Mix Early
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