A potent winter storm system has taken aim on the central plains for the weekend. The winter storm system is forecast track northeast across Kansas Saturday, reaching northwest Missouri Sunday morning. The system will depart the plains Sunday afternoon. As the system approaches, rain and snow will fall over the western High Plains, while showers and thunderstorms develop this afternoon in south central Nebraska and north central Kansas. Eventually, cold air will be drawn into the system by Saturday evening, and the rain will transition to snow during the late afternoon and evening. Snow, heavy at times will fall Saturday night and the snow will be accompanied by extremely strong north winds with gusts near 45 mph. The strong winds combined with the snowfall will cause reduced visibilities and white out conditions at times. The track of the system places the greatest snowfall potential along and north of Interstate 80 in Nebraska, where accumulations of 5 to 10 inches are possible. Snowfall amounts will decrease to the south near the Nebraska and Kansas state line and in north central Kansas, where snowfall of 1 to 4 inches is forecast.
Travel is not recommended across the plains Saturday night into Sunday during the brunt of the snowfall and intense winds. Stay tuned to the latest forecasts regarding the latest track of the storm system, as a deviation of the track will cause a shift in the areas with the highest snowfall potential.
The images below can be selected for depictions of the forecast storm total snowfall, the weather story, national winter weather forecasts, and the local radar. Additional information can be obtained on the Winter Weather Information page.