Alert Day: High winds expected as flooding continues

Flood warnings remain in effect for nearly the entire area through the morning hours. Creeks and streams continue to run at or above bankfull in many areas due to rainfall and snow melt. Water will remain high through the morning hours. River flooding continues as well, with significant flooding occurring or expected along the Platte, Elkhorn, and Missouri Rivers over the next several days.

Rain showers continue this morning around the region, but much lighter in nature than what we saw yesterday. Rain will continue through the morning hours as a powerful area of low pressure pushes east across Nebraska. Although rain will be light, any additional rain will only add to already significant flooding occurring across portions of central and eastern Nebraska. Temperatures are mild this morning, but will fall into the 30s by later this morning. As temperatures drop, rain showers may mix with or change to snow. Combined with gusty winds, this could create near whiteout conditions in some areas, especially west and north of the metro. For the metro area, snow is likely but little in the way of accumulation is expected.

Winds are currently gusting to near 30 or 35mph, but will increase significantly later this morning. A Wind Advisory is in effect for the metro area through 8pm, and a High Wind Warning is in effect for areas west of the metro through 8pm where gusts of 50 to 65mph are possible. Scattered power outages are possible due to these high wind gusts, especially west of the metro area. Strong and gusty winds will continue into the evening, before subsiding overnight.