An active weather pattern will round out the final days of March. A strong low pressure system will track east from Wyoming this evening, reaching eastern Nebraska Tuesday morning. Widespread and significant snowfall will accompany the system, with the greatest snowfall in excess of 6 inches forecast from northern Nebraska into South Dakota where even higher snowfall amounts are expected. Farther south into south central Nebraska, lesser snowfall amounts will occur, with an average of 1 to 3 inches forecast along and north of a line from Loup City to Osceola. Slightly higher amounts of 2 to 4 inches may accumulate north of a line from Ord to Greeley. The combination of snow and wind has prompted the issuance of winter weather and wind advisories tonight through Tuesday, which can be viewed on the hazards page. Winter storm warnings and blizzard warnings are in effect farther north.
In addition to the snow, winds will increase from the northwest tonight and remain strong on Tuesday on the back side of the low pressure system. Northwest winds will average 30 to 40 mph and gust near 45 mph. The storm system will depart into the upper midwest Tuesday evening, and wind speeds will diminish.