Tuesday is a First Alert Day as a winter storm takes aim at the Central Plains

Tuesday, December 28th is a First Alert Day
Published: Dec. 26, 2020 at 7:48 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 28, 2020 at 9:23 PM CST
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - After a day of quiet weather Monday, we’re gearing up for Tuesday’s First Alert Day.

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First Alert Forecast - Monday Night

Mallory Schnell WOWT is here with a look ahead at Tuesday's First Alert Day! What you need to know:

Posted by Mallory Schnell WOWT on Monday, December 28, 2020

Clouds will increase again overnight, with temperatures dropping into the upper-teens and lower-20s. Snow showers will increase from the southwest to the northeast after midnight, with snow approaching the Metro closer to sunrise. Periods of snow will take us throughout the day Tuesday, with the heaviest rates from midday through the afternoon. The system will push to our east by midnight.

Travel impacts expected Tuesday
Travel impacts expected Tuesday(WOWT)

During the afternoon and evening, warm air will lift, causing a wintry mix to fall for areas south of I-80. The greatest icing potential exists closer to the Kansas and Missouri borders. More warm air will cause more freezing rain and sleet to fall, cutting into snowfall totals for these spots south of I-80. If for some reason the warm air doesn’t surge as far north as expected, higher snowfall totals are possible.

Snow Forecast Tuesday
Snow Forecast Tuesday(WOWT)

Winds won’t be nearly as high as we experienced Christmas week, but winds from the SSE will gust 30 to 35 mph at times Tuesday. Breezy conditions take us into Wednesday as well.

Tuesday, December 29th is a First Alert Day
Tuesday, December 29th is a First Alert Day(WOWT)

Regardless of where you fall on the snowfall forecast map, expect travel impacts Tuesday! Keep track of the radar and the forecast on-the-go by downloading the free WOWT First Alert Weather App: https://www.wowt.com/page/get-the-first-alert-weather-app/

Winter Severity Index
Winter Severity Index(WOWT)

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