Strong Winds Today
Snow & Blowing Snow Expected Over Northern Nebraska

As a strong cold front moves across Nebraska today, gusty northwest winds will develop in the wake of the front. These strong gusty northwest winds will be located over the Nebraska Panhandle into far western Nebraska early this morning - spreading east later this morning across our region. Strong winds are expected to continue throughout the afternoon.

An upper level trough of low pressure was located before sunrise, across northwestern Nebraska through eastern Colorado. By sunset, this upper trough will be positioned across the eastern Dakotas, through eastern portions of Nebraska and Kansas.

Areas of accumulating snowfall are depicted by the latest computer forecast models this morning, thus a Winter Weather Advisory was posted for north central Nebraska.  One to three inches of snowfall are expected, but the main weather threat will come from limited visibilities in blowing snow with this event.

The highest winds are forecast to be west of North Platte, and along and south of Interstate 80, where wind gusts may reach 65 miles an hour or greater. Over the rest of our forecast area, wind gusts over 50 miles an hour are possible.  A mixture of rain, sleet and snow is likely across central and southwestern Nebraska.  Winds will be gradually diminishing this evening.

Graphical Nowcast
(Graphical Nowcast above)

Surface Map valid at 12 PM CST Sunday, January 22nd
(Surface Map forecast positions above,  valid at 12 PM CST Sunday, January 22nd)
Surface Map forecast positions, valid at 6 PM CST Sunday January 22nd, 2012
(Surface Map positions valid at 6 PM CST Sunday, January 22nd)
Projected Wind Gusts Sunday Afternoon, January 22nd, 2012
(Projected Wind Gusts above, for Sunday Afternoon, January 22nd, 2012)
Projected Snowfall Amounts for Sunday January 22nd, 2012
(Projected Snowfall Amounts above, for Sunday January 22nd, 2012)
HPC projected snowfall amounts for January 22nd, 2012
(Projected snowfall amounts from HPC for January 22nd, 2012)

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