First Alert Day: Winter Storm Warning in effect

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - A Winter Storm Warning is in effect from 6pm Tuesday evening through 9am Wednesday morning for the threat of heavy snow.

Conditions are relatively quiet across the area this afternoon with cloudy skies and cold conditions. A band of snow is lifting north out of Kansas and Missouri, and will spread into the Omaha metro around 5pm. Some briefly moderate snow is possible with this band of snow, but it will not last long, and we'll likely get a break in the snow between 7pm and 9pm.

A second round of snow will be developing to our south during the evening, and will spread into the metro after 9pm. Once this snow arrives, steady light to moderate snow will continue for the rest of the night. Occasionally heavy snow is possible between 11pm and 5am. Snow will continue into Wednesday morning, but will quickly shut off from south to north between 7am and 10am. Accumulations of 5 to 8 inches are likely around the Omaha metro and to the north. A few isolated spots north of the metro could pick up as much as 10 inches of snow.

Expect snow covered roads and dangerous travel conditions from 10pm tonight through at least 7am Wednesday. Due to the amount of snow forecast, and the amount of snow already on the ground, it may take some time to clear the snow and return roads to normal. Unnecessary travel is discouraged through Wednesday morning. Please plan accordingly and plan to stay where you are after 10pm. Road conditions will likely improve throughout the morning hours Wednesday.

Once snow moves out Wednesday morning, some clearing is possible in the afternoon with pockets of sunshine not out of the question. Temperatures will climb to around 30. Partly to mostly clear skies overnight will allow temperatures to drop to around 9 in the metro. Where skies stay clear, lows near 0 are possible. We will see a break in the active weather on Thursday, but additional storms arrive on Friday and into the weekend bringing chances for rain and more snow to the area.