A potent winter storm will affect parts of the Central Plains from late tonight, continuing through Friday into Saturday. The heaviest snowfalls are currently projected to fall from southwest into central Nebraska, with accumulations in this area of 8 to 12 inches possible. 4 to 8 inches of snow will be possible over the northern Sandhills.
Very windy conditions on Friday and Friday night will cause greatly reduced visibilities at times and possible blizzard conditions.
Precipitation will begin across the area by late tonight as rain or snow, transitioning to all snow by Friday morning.
A major winter storm will be expanding across the central Rockies this afternoon and evening, reaching the foothills and the central High Plains late tonight into Friday. A strong upper jet will be rounding the base of of an upper trough of low pressure, allowing the system to strengthen.
As the mid level low pressure area tracks east northeast - colder air will be brought in on the northwest side of the storm system, helping turn the precipitation quickly over to snow.