Freezing rain, snow and ice today

A winter weather advisory will be in effect from 8 a.m. through 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, according to the National Weather Service.

A Flood Watch has also been issued for much of the area from 7 p.m. tonight through Saturday afternoon. That could flash freeze the rain, forming a thin but treacherous layer of ice on roads and sidewalks.

Colder air will spread across the area Friday.

He expects the area will get some rain in the morning followed by a mixture of sleet and freezing rain. But as temperatures start to fall tonight and into Thursday, there's a possibility that drizzle will transition into sleet or a wintry mix of precipitation, he said.

On Thursday night, the National Weather Service says, there will be a glazing of ice and dusting of snow. Total snow accumulations of 4 to 7 inches are possible.

Winter storm expected to hit Thursday

After highs in the 30s again on Wednesday, temperatures are forecast to plunge in the wake of the snow.

Late Wednesday, the changing weather will begin with scattered showers, drizzle and fog expanding across Central Iowa. Unsafe travel conditions will develop along area roadways. Rain will immediately turn over to heavy snow around 3am in Omaha and a little earlier back to the west. Temperatures in The County were rising quickly though, with highs at or around 50 degrees forecast for the day.

Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 8. Highest amounts are expected to be in central and northern Kansas, but most of the state will see some snow.

Sunday should be mostly sunny, with a high near 22.

Monday, Martin Luther King Day: A 40 percent chance of snow before noon. A combination of heavy rainfall, melting snow and ice jams will create the potential for flooding of area rivers and streams.

  • Leroy Wright