Wacky, Wild Winter Includes Thunderstorms, Blizzards, Fog and Floods

Those traveling in Nebraska should watch weather forecasts carefully.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Julia Berg is in Hastings and says they pretty much have a weather trifecta going on in central Nebraska.

Berg says, "We have a lot going on in the next 48 hours.We have a dense fog advisory through midnight tonight.We have a flood watch out where we are expecting 1 to 2 inches of rain on top of frozen ground with snow melting and rivers that still have ice in them.Then we have a very strong winter system that is coming through.That is bringing the rain but on the back side of this system we will have colder air that will bring in some snow.Right now we are looking at 1 to 2 inches but there could be a band of heavier snow somewhere in the central part of Nebraska.With the snow falling and wind gusts of 55 to 65 mile-per-hour wind gusts we will probably have some blizzard conditions."

Berg goes on to say that central Nebraska has been added to a marginal risk of severe weather.They could get hail, strong wind and the small potential of a tornado Wednesday afternoon.

The winter storm watch extends west from the York and Seward County line and extends into western Nebraska.

The Panhandle area is looking at a blizzard warning and they could receive up to 2 feet of snow.Travel will be difficult and Berg says there is a possibility of roads being closed due to the winter storm.

Closer to home, the National Weather Service reports areas of dense fog have developed across portions of eastern Nebraska and western Iowa.That could reduce visibility to less than a half a mile in some locations.Officials warn that fog could obscure sections of road that have become water covered due to snow melt making travel hazardous, especially Tuesday night.This includes Douglas, Sarpy and Pottawattamie Counties.

The National Weather Service has also issued a flood warning along the Elkhorn River at Pilger, West Point, Winslow and Waterloo.Other warnings include the Wahoo Creek, Salt Creek, Ponca Creek, Big Blue River, Little Blue River, Little Nemaha River and the Little Sioux River.

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