Winter Storm Warning - Snow first, then wind

Arturo Kim
December 31, 2018

A quick and potentially heavy burst of snow will drop a couple to a few inches of snow on metro area roads Wednesday evening and overnight, which is what prompted the Winter Weather Advisory.

Most of central Nebraska is in a winter weather warning and much of the western and eastern thirds of the state are in a Winter Weather advisory lasting until Friday morning.

Meanwhile, southern regions were bracing for potential flooding from heavy rain.

The weather service said an estimated 18 inches of snow had fallen by early Thursday afternoon near Finland on Minnesota's North Shore.

A cold winter storm trekking across the upper Midwest has led to the deaths of at least three people, authorities said.

"Winds will also be strong from the Gulf Coast northward to the Ohio Valley, with winds gusting up to 45 miles per hour throughout the day today". According to KOTA TV meteorologist Eric Gardner, the worst of the storm in the east will occur Wednesday night into Friday morning.

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The Highway Patrol says the vehicles crashed on a highway in Dunn County, in northwestern North Dakota, when visibility was reduced by blowing snow from a plow.

The storm system is expected to dump 6 to 12 inches of snow in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Minnesota and the Dakotas, Norman said.

In addition, whiteout conditions in parts of the Midwest have caused several road closures and general travel issues.

Boston and points to the south will only see rain during the commute.

Sherburne County sheriff's officials said 47-year-old Marilyn Balogi of Zimmerman was killed, while seven other passengers, the bus driver and the SUV driver were taken to hospitals.

The latest road conditions for New Mexico can be obtained by calling 511 or 1.800.432.4269.

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