Blizzard warning for northwest Iowa, maybe an inch here

Blizzard Warning from Friday Evening to Saturday Evening

Those high winds will combine with the intensifying snow starting around Akron for blizzard conditions that will make travel hard, if not impossible, for much of the day.

Meanwhile, strong winds associated with the same system will threaten parts of the Southwest to the High Plains bringing high fire danger. The weather service is serious: "Do not travel". The snow should let up Saturday afternoon and evening, with decreasing winds during the same period.

Forecasters put much of northern, central and southern Nebraska in a blizzard warning and advised that travel could be treacherous.

tThe heaviest of snow looks to fall in northwest Siouxland where a lot of areas will see from 8-12 inches.

"Total snow accumulations of 7 inches to 11 inches, with localized amounts up to 18 inches, are expected", according to the bulletin posted just before noon on Thursday.

In Grand Island, the storm prompted organizers for ACT testing to cancel the Saturday exam date at Grand Island Senior High.

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There's a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1 p.m. Skies will be cloudy with a high near 62 degrees.

Call 511 for the latest road conditions.

Blizzard warnings were issued from northeast Colorado through central Dakota as the storm geared up Friday. "As always, drivers should be prepared and plan ahead for weekend travel".

According to meteorologist Jaclyn Gomez with the National Weather Service, by noon Friday there was light drizzle in North Platte with winds reaching 22 miles per hour and gusts of 36 miles per hour.

There are more chances for light snow in the city through the day with up to an inch on the south side of the metro area.

The most extreme conditions on Friday are expected near the borders of Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas as well central Texas and the western portions of Illinois, Tennessee and Mississippi. Skies will be cloudy with a high near 40 degrees and a low around 25 degrees.

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