Blizzard warning for Custer County, central Nebraska Sunday and Monday, travel not recommended

National Weather Service

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a Blizzard Warning early Sunday Jan. 21, 2018 for the following counties in Nebraska: Rock, Holt, Blaine, Loup, Garfield, Wheeler, Logan, Custer, Lincoln, Hayes and Frontier. This includes the cities and towns of Bassett, Rose, O'Neill, Atkinson, Dunning, Purdum, Brewster, Taylor, Burwell, Bartlett, Ericson, Stapleton, Broken Bow, North Platte, Hayes Center, Curtis, Eustis, and Maywood.

The Blizzard Warning is in effect from 6 a.m. Sunday to 12 p.m. noon CST Monday.Travel will be very difficult to impossible, including during the morning commute on Monday. Total snow accumulations of 9 to 11 inches are expected for southwest Nebraska, and 9 to 13 inches with locally higher amounts for north and north central Nebraska.

Snow was initially forecast for centrail Nebraska around noon Sunday. Latest reports have the snow arriving in central Nebraska between 1 and 3 p.m.

Winds gusting as high as 45 mph will cause whiteout conditions in blowing snow. Significant drifting of the snow is likely.

A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to whiteout conditions, making travel extremely dangerous.

Do not travel.

If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

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