By Tommy Rezac
The first significant winter weather event is set to arrive in Lincoln and all of eastern Nebraska early Thursday morning, which is likely to make travel difficult for the morning commute.
A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for Lancaster County and the surrounding area from midnight until 6 p.m. Thursday.
A cold front working its way from northwest to southeast will sweep across southeast Nebraska, dropping to temperatures into the 20s and teens by mid-morning Thursday. Precipitation is expected to start in the form of rain between 10 p.m. – midnight, and switch over to snow sometime around 3 a.m.
With temperatures falling below freezing, the rain could create a light glaze of ice on both sidewalks and roads with snow expected to accumulate on top of that.
Lincoln is expected to receive around 1-2 inches of snow, with heavier amounts expected to the southeast, near the Missouri River and into southwest Iowa.
— NWS Omaha (@NWSOmaha) January 11, 2018
In addition to snow, strong northwest winds between 25-30 mph with gusts between 40-45 are expected, causing blowing snow and reduced visibilities. This could also drop wind chills to near 15 below zero.
Lincoln’s Public Works and Utilities said in a press release that 20 crews will begin spreading salt and brine on all emergency snow routes, arterials, bus and school routes.
Drivers are urged to use caution during the morning commute on Thursday. A complete list of school, business and road closings can be found here.
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