Snow amounts for the post-Christmas winter storm are coming into focus as 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 also affecting motorists on Interstate 80 and Highway 81. With temperatures hovering in the 20’s there is also the concern for Freezing Fog.
In central Nebraska, the storm is expected to start out with rain with thunder possible in the area southeast of Grand. The rain will gradually turn to snow late Wednesday night and continue into Thursday afternoon. Heaviest snowfall is expected from a line extending from Ord to Lexington and Cambridge where a total of 4″ to 6″ could fall and lesser amounts to the east of that line. Strong winds will also cause hazardous conditions from Thursday into Friday morning.
A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for west-central and north-central Nebraska where snow accumulations of 6″ to 11″ are predicted.