Area schools are closed and the Nebraska State Patrol is urging motorists to be prepared for potentially hazardous driving conditions.
The National Weather Service has a blizzard warning in effect until 6 pm today for portions of east central and northeast Nebraska and west central Iowa.
Total snow accumulations of 7 to 11 inches is expected . Winds will be gusting as high as 44 miles per hour causing whiteout conditions in blowing snow.
West Point Mayor Marlene Johnson says their staff is always ready to go as soon as it’s needed. She says our street staff has been doing this enough years that they’re always ready to do what has to be done and they’ll stay at it until the job is done.
Mayor Johnson says everyone needs to stay home unless it’s an absolute necessity. Be safe and cautious.
The snow is expected to end by this evening with the north winds subsiding.
The forecast for West Point is widespread blowing snow, mainly between noon and 3pm. Temperature falling to around 28 by 4pm. Windy, with a north northwest wind 29 to 33 mph, with gusts as high as 44 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 7 to 11 inches possible. Tonight, sow likely, mainly before 9pm. Patchy blowing snow before 1am. Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 17. Windy, with a northwest wind 24 to 29 mph decreasing to 15 to 20 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 39 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.