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Watch Now: Heavy snow for some, very cold for all in Nebraska

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Winter storm conditions are expected for parts of Nebraska today and everyone will be dealing with numbingly cold temperatures. Chief Meteorologist Matt Holiner has the latest forecast.

Quite a bit of variety across Nebraska today as far as snow is concerned. Lexington and areas west along I-80 are under winter weather advisories and winter storm warnings. Significant snow is expected to fall, especially during the afternoon hours. Visibility will be greatly reduced and travel should be avoided if possible. The biggest snow totals are expected around the Scottsbluff area, where 6-7" appears most likely.

For Kearney and areas east along I-80, much less snow is anticipated. Kearney has a good chance at seeing 2-3 inches of snow, but nearby Grand Island may only pick up 1 inch. Lincoln will probably only see around 0.25 inches, and it will be a struggle for Omaha to see any snow at all. All snow showers will exit the state by midnight tonight.

While snow amounts will vary considerably, everyone is in for very cold temperatures. Wind chills will already be below zero for most of the day today, but exceptionally cold conditions are expected late tonight and early Thursday morning. "Feels like" temperatures will range from -15 to -30 across the state. Wind chills will likely remain below zero for many into Thursday afternoon as well.

For temperatures this cold, minimizing time outdoors is the best solution. If you do venture out, extra layers, hats, and gloves are a must. And make sure outdoor pets are brought indoors or have access to a shelter with blankets. 

Wednesday's Forecast

Scottsbluff

  • Snowy Day, Cloudy
  • Wind Gusts Around 20 mph
  • High Temp: 12 Then Falling Temps, Wind Chill: 1

Kearney

  • Snow In The Afternoon, Mostly Cloudy
  • Wind Gusts Around 25 mph
  • High Temp: 14, Wind Chill: -3

Omaha

  • Partly Cloudy
  • Wind Gusts Around 40 mph
  • High Temp: 14, Wind Chill: -5

Wednesday Night's Forecast

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Scottsbluff

  • Snow Showers Early, Total Snow Wed. And Wed. Night: 5-8”
  • Low Temp: -11, Wind Chill: -16

Kearney

  • Snow Showers Early, Total Snow Wed. And Wed. Night: 1-4”
  • Wind Gusts Around 25 mph
  • Low Temp: -6, Wind Chill: -23

Omaha

  • Snow Flurries Early, Total Snow Wed. & Wed. Night: 0-0.1”
  • Wind Gusts Around 25 mph
  • Low Temp: -1, Wind Chill: -19

Thursday's Forecast

Scottsbluff

  • Snow Showers In The Afternoon, Mostly Cloudy
  • High Temperature: 21

Kearney

  • Partly Cloudy
  • Wind Gusts Around 20 mph
  • High Temp: 9, Wind Chill: -2

Omaha

  • Mostly Sunny
  • Wind Gusts Around 25 mph
  • High Temp: 9, Wind Chill: -3

Matt Holiner covers weather and climate across the Midwest. Matt has seven years of professional meteorology experience and has forecast every type of weather for cities across the country. He holds the National Weather Association's Seal of Approval.

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