Snow Out West, Rain For The Metro

By: The Weather Authority, The Associated Press Email
By: The Weather Authority, The Associated Press Email

A portion of Interstate 80 in western Nebraska was closed Wednesday afternoon because of hazardous driving conditions caused by a spring storm.

The state Department of Roads says the westbound lanes of the interstate are closed between Big Springs and the Wyoming state line. The Wyoming Department of Transportation requested the closure due to hazardous driving conditions in Wyoming.

The National Weather Service says 3-5 inches of snow is possible in Ainsworth, Bassett, Dunning and Springview after it changes from freezing drizzle or sleet. Winter weather advisories are in effect through Thursday.

Strong wind gusts of up to 20-30 mph will cause blowing and drifting snow. Authorities are advising drivers to reduce speed because of the snow.

The Weather Authority is tracking the storm system. Scattered showers and thunderstorms will continue to move through the metro. The threat for severe weather is low and will remain southeast of the metro. If severe weather materializes, the biggest threat will be hail.

Additional rounds of showers and storms are expected to develop Wednesday evening. A strong storm or two is possible, but the greatest threat for severe storms will be mainly across Kansas, Missouri and southeast Iowa where a slight risk exists.

With storms comes the potential for heavy rainfall. Stormcast shows a half-inch to one inch generally with locally higher amounts possible through Wednesday evening, especially southeast of I-80.

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