A winter storm will take shape over the Plains states this weekend and could bring 6 to 12 inches of snow to parts of Nebraska...South Dakota...northwest Iowa...and southern Minnesota. In addition to the snow, strong north winds at 30 to 50 mph will develop creating areas of blowing and drifting snow Saturday afternoon through Sunday.
Temperatures will play a key role for the snow forecast this weekend as before the cold air wraps into the system, temperatures will be very mild in the 40s/50s/60s. A quarter of an inch more rain versus snow can mean the difference of 3 to 5 inches in the snow forecast. Thus, the track and intensity of the storm system and the changeover from rain to snow will be critical to the snow forecast.
Here is the most recent snowfall forecast through 7pm Sunday:
If you have plans this weekend, to keep up with the latest weather details check out the following web links:
Forecasts Click on the map. To get a forecast outside of the local area click on the NOAA logo in the upper right corner and then the location on the national map that you want a forecast for.
The Hydrometeorological Precipitation Center issues National maps of where the greatest probability for greater than or equal to 4, 8, and 12 inches of snow will be. To get a broader view of the locations impacted by heavy snow this weekend, this information can be found here: http://www.hpc.ncep.noaa.gov/wwd/winter_wx.shtml