Blizzard Warning issued for much of Siouxland

Nellie Chapman
April 13, 2018

Blizzard conditions are expected to last until 6 a.m. Saturday.

"The major storm to impact area", is expected to have winds gusting as high as 55 miles per hour, which will cause whiteout conditions with blowing snow and high snow drifts, the weather service reported.

"The falling snow, combined with brisk winds, may lead to significantly reduced visibility and slick roads". Total snow accumulation of 5 to 10 inches are expected.

Those high winds will combine with the intensifying snow starting around Akron for blizzard conditions that will make travel hard, if not impossible, for much of the day. "Damage to trees and power lines is likely".

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Temperatures along the Front Range will top out around 40 degrees, a almost 40-degree drop from yesterday's high temp of 79 in Denver. Rain is expected to fall until 9 a.m., then rain and snow between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. The chance of precipitation is 80 percent with new rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. North Platte's rain will turn to snow by Friday evening, and temperatures will continue to drop; lows for North Platte are predicted at 21 degrees with temps in the teens for the Sandhills region.

The best chance for some additional accumulation of snow (later today) will be on the south and east side of metro Denver.

In the mountains we also have some snow with some places in the northern and central mountains potentially seeing up to 8 inches.

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