Storm expected to bring a foot of snow to area

January 21, 2018 GMT

A winter storm warning has been issued for much of Nebraska, including Platte County, ahead of an approaching system that’s expected to blanket the state in heavy snow.

The warning, in effect from 3 p.m. Sunday until 6 p.m. Monday for the Columbus area, covers all but extreme eastern and southeast Nebraska.

A strong storm system is expected to move into the region Sunday with light icing possible before heavy snow mixes with a gusty north wind to create near-blizzard conditions Sunday night into Monday.

Areas of northeast Nebraska, including Albion, could receive 12 to 15 inches of snow. The National Weather Service is currently projecting 4 to 6 inches for Columbus, with lesser amounts to the south and east.

Sunday’s high temperature is forecast to be 37 degrees in Columbus, so precipitation here will likely transition from rain to snow.

The Weather Service says travel will be difficult to impossible Sunday night and Monday, including for the morning commute.

The system is expected to exit the area Monday night.