Forecast calls for snow Friday night in southeast Nebraska, southwest Iowa

January 11, 2019

Winter returns this weekend, and it looks like Saturday will be the perfect day to cocoon indoors with a cup of hot cocoa, dig out the sled for some powdery fun and maybe count yourself lucky for not scoring a ticket to the Chiefs playoff game.

A winter storm will sweep into the central U.S. this weekend, and it’s making a bull’s-eye for Missouri. Much of Kansas, a portion of southeast Nebraska and most of southern Iowa will also be affected. The storm will arrive as rain and transition to snow.

In the Omaha area, there’s a slight chance of drizzle during the Friday evening commute, but most of the precipitation is expected to arrive after the commute is over, said Corey Mead, a meteorologist with the Omaha-area National Weather Service office.

About 7 p.m., rain is expected to shift to snow in Omaha, with the snow continuing through the night, he said. Snow is possible Saturday morning, but chances diminish in the afternoon.

As of Thursday evening, forecasting models showed a wide discrepancy in the amount of snow that is possible. As the storm gets closer, forecasters should have firmer projections. A couple of inches of powder are possible in the Omaha area, perhaps more, Mead said.

The weather service is cautioning that travelers to Kansas City for the Chiefs playoff game will encounter snowy weather on the way to the stadium and possibly some ice on the way back.

Roads should be warm enough to handle the snow on the way down from Omaha, said Jonathan Welsh of the weather service’s Kansas City-area office. He suggests that travelers set aside an extra hour or so for the trip.

Warmer, drier weather returns Sunday and will stay through the majority of next week, said Scott Dergan of the weather service. Highs will be at or above normal.

“We should see a little bit of a warmup,” he said, “with high temperatures trending back into the 40s.”

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