Rusty's Forecast - Alert Day Saturday, Snow Likely

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) An Alert Day is in effect beginning this evening and going through Saturday afternoon for the potential of accumulating snow and breezy conditions.

The weather quiet and relatively mild this afternoon across the area, but that will be changing this evening. Light rain showers are expected to develop by 6pm near and south of I-80. As temperatures cool this evening, that rain will mix with and eventually change to snow by 10pm. Snow may come down heavy at times, especially across the southeast corner of Nebraska into southwest Iowa. The heaviest snow is likely going to fall just south of I-80, but accumulating snow is expected in the metro area. Snow will continue overnight and into Saturday morning before tapering off by early afternoon.

Snow totals will be highly variable across the area, and there is likely going to be a very tight gradient into the totals right across the metro. Areas north of the metro (Fremont to Blair) will likely pick up only a trace to maybe an inch. Totals will increase as you move south through the metro. The north side of the metro (Valley, Bennington, and Fort Calhoun) will likely fall in the 1-2 inch range. Central portions of the metro (Gretna to Omaha and Council Bluffs) may see 1-4 inches. The south side of the metro, (Springfield, Papillion, Bellvue and Plattsmouth) will likely see the heaviest with amounts possibly approaching 5 or 6 inches, with the highest totals near and south of Highway 34.

Once the snow moves out Saturday afternoon, cold and breezy conditions are expected for the rest of the day with temperatures in the low 30s and upper 20s, and winds out of the north at 10 to 20mph.

Drier and cold conditions continue on Sunday with highs in the lower 30s. Then expect quiet but seasonably cool conditions through the rest of the work week, with our next opportunity for rain or snow arriving on Friday.