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Blizzard Warning from Friday Evening to Saturday Evening

Blizzard Warning from Friday Evening to Saturday Evening

A "Blizzard Warning" from the weather service means "severe winter weather conditions ae expected or occurring".

Those to the south can expect severe thunderstorms in the forecast as well as "the potential for a few tornadoes".

Much colder air will filter across the region along with strong gusty winds. While near 1 inch of snow is expected in and around the metro, the greatest snow accumulations are likely west and north of the metro where Blizzard Warnings and Winter Storm Watches are in place.

In north central Nebraska, there were thunderstorms and a chance for hail.

"Accumulating snow is possible Saturday night into Sunday".

The huge storm, packing enough energy to cause widespread disruption, isn't unprecedented for April, said Jake Beitlich, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Chanhassen, Minnesota. Big Sandy schools will be closing at 12:15 p.m. Calhan RJ1 will close at 1 p.m., as will Frontier Charter Academy.

According to meteorologist Jaclyn Gomez with the National Weather Service, by noon Friday there was light drizzle in North Platte with winds reaching 22 miles per hour and gusts of 36 miles per hour.

From the Associated Press: Forecasters say the blizzard warnings extending from southwest Nebraska into northwest Iowa and beyond include heavy snow and gusting winds that will make travel perilous.

The story of the day will be high winds, with gusts up to 50 m.p.h. east of I-25 in Denver and up to 65 m.p.h. on the Eastern Plains. Damage to trees and power lines is possible.

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