Sunday is a First Alert Day due to heavy snow and very slick roads

Published: Feb. 20, 2021 at 8:29 AM CST|Updated: Feb. 21, 2021 at 12:24 PM CST
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -

12:30pm Update: Snow is ending on the Nebraska side of the river but will continue on the Iowa side through 3pm at the latest. Now is a good time to go out and clear the sidewalks and driveways. Click here for a live look at our interactive radar:

11AM update: Heaviest snow is now trending east and moving through Western Iowa where up to 2″/hr snow rates are possible. Snow should end from west to east during the afternoon.

Snow, heavy at times will continue the rest of the morning on the Nebraska side and last a few hours into the afternoon on the Iowa side. Sunday is a First Alert Day.

Sunday is a First Alert Day due to heavy snowfall
Sunday is a First Alert Day due to heavy snowfall(WOWT)

A couple of short range, higher resolution models on Saturday picked up on a heavier snow band for our area and those look to be the models that had this storm figured out. Heavy snow rates of 1″ per hour have set up over the metro and east into Iowa and have really inflated the snow totals. This heavy snow likely wraps up no later that Noon on the Nebraska side and will continue into Iowa for a few hours into the afternoon. It is a wet heavy snow so it will be difficult to shovel in long stretches but should begin to melt some by late in the day.

Sunday Morning Weather Update

FIRST ALERT DAY: Snow is coming down at impressive rates, with a Winter Storm Warning now in effect for the Omaha Metro. Mallory Schnell WOWT has the latest details.

Posted by WOWT 6 News on Sunday, February 21, 2021

Most of the Metro will pick up 3 to 6 inches of snow, with isolated higher amounts - primarily in Pottawattamie County. Highest amounts from this system will likely fall in spots just along and north of I-80 in Iowa with up to 8″ possible there. Roads will be impacted during the morning hours in the early afternoon, but highs back into the low to mid-30s by the afternoon should improve conditions greatly by early evening.

Updated snowfall forecast
Updated snowfall forecast(WOWT)

Thankfully, a stretch of above-freezing highs take over through next week with many days in the 40s!

Keep track of the hourly and 10-day forecasts anytime by downloading the free WOWT First Alert Weather App:

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