Snow, wind gusts and freezing temperatures Wednesday with a winter thunderstorm in the area

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (Nebraska) -SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (KNEP)- Winter returned in a big way Wednesday with snow, gusty winds and freezing temperatures as a winter storm is hitting the area.

With the storm system located to the south and an area of ​​high pressure bringing moisture and lift into the atmosphere to bring snow potential throughout the area. A winter storm warning is in effect for the northern and eastern portions of the Panhandle and locations along and north of Highway 2, and a winter weather warning is in effect for the Interstate 80 corridor pointing to the south and southwest portions of the Panhandle tonight. With the close proximity of the systems, this is driving the area winds around 20-40 mph, and the direction of these winds will be from the north and east, providing the area with cool temperatures throughout the day with highs between 0 and 10 and wind chills between -20 and 0. Overnight lows will be -0 to -10 and wind chill values ​​-10 to -30, resulting in Wind Chill Warnings for the western two-thirds of the Panhandle.

A winter storm will continue to hit the area on Wednesday (Andre Brooks)

Snowfall forecast will be 6 inches and higher with locally higher amounts for the Panhandle and locations along and north of Highway 2, 2 to 5 inches for the Interstate 80 corridor with locally higher amounts and 1 to 3 inches for Southern Greater Nebraska with locally higher amounts.

Potential for snow through Wednesday (Andre Brooks)

Conditions improve big on Thursday into the weekend with more sunshine and temperatures will rise rapidly with our North and West high pressure area building overtime in the South and East.

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