Snow amounts for the post-Christmas winter storm are getting into focus since it gets closer. But, the National Weather Service is warning of possible travel hazard for Christmas. Hastings Weather Service Forecaster Jeff Kelley says dense fog is predicted Christmas morning mainly east of Highway 281 and in addition affecting motorists on Interstate 80 and Highway 81. With temperatures hovering in the 20’s there’s the concern for Freezing Fog also.
In central Nebraska, the storm is likely to begin with rain with thunder possible in the certain area southeast of Grand. Wednesday night and continue into Thursday afternoon the rain will gradually turn to snow late. Heaviest snowfall is expected from the relative line extending from Ord to Lexington and Cambridge in which a total of 4″ to 6″ could fall and lesser amounts to the east of this relative line. From Thursday into Friday morning strong winds may also cause hazardous conditions.
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A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for north-central and west-central Nebraska where snow accumulations of 6″ to 11″ are predicted.