The National Weather Service says ingredients are coming together for a significant winter storm event this weekend. Rain will turn to a mix of sleet and freezing rain before turning to all snow.
Cuming, Stanton, Madison and Boone counties are under a Winter Storm Watch from 6pm Friday evening through 6pm on Sunday. Heavy mixed precipitation is possible with 4 to 7 inches of snow and ice accumulations of around one tenth of an inch thick.
The heaviest accumulations are expected north and west of Norfolk where 8 to 12 inches of snow are possible. Lighter amounts to the south and east with only a couple of inches possible in Lincoln and Omaha.
A winter storm watch is in effect from 6 pm Friday through 6 pm Sunday with 5 to 9 inches along with strong winds and mixed precipitation for portions of northeast Nebraska, northwest and west central Iowa, south central and southeast South Dakota and southwest Minnesota.
Here’s the forecast for the West Point area from the National Weather Service:
A chance of rain before 10pm, then a slight chance of sleet between 10pm and 11pm. Widespread dense fog, mainly after midnight. Areas of dense freezing fog before 1am, then areas of dense freezing fog after 3am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. Light and variable wind. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Rain, mainly after 4pm. Widespread dense fog before 1pm, then patchy dense fog after 4pm. Areas of freezing fog between 9am and 10am. High near 36. Light east southeast wind becoming east 5 to 10 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Rain. Patchy fog before 7pm. Steady temperature around 35. Breezy, with an east northeast wind 10 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
Rain and snow, becoming all snow after 2pm. Patchy blowing snow after noon. High near 35. North northeast wind around 17 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.
Snow. Patchy blowing snow. Low around 28. North wind 14 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
A 50 percent chance of snow. Cloudy, with a high near 30. Blustery.