Blizzard impact area now affects Columbus; 12-18 inches of heavy wet snow possible

COLUMBUS — The National Weather Service in Omaha/Valley has updated it’s models for the incoming winter storm and Columbus is expected to get more than previously forecast. The winter storm could dump 12 to 18 inches of heavy wet snow in the Columbus area.

In addition, NWS officials have now included Dodge, Polk, Colfax and Butler counties in the Blizzard Warning and urge people to be prepared because even a slight change in the pattern could significantly impact the the actual amounts of snow received.

Forecasters advise that this will be a heavy wet snow and extra caution is urged when removing snow especially those with heart conditions.

Released at 2:01 p.m. Sunday afternoon, NWS officials released the following update:

“A strong storm system will move from the central plains tonight and into the mid Mississippi Valley by Monday evening. Snow isexpected to begin later this evening¬† in northeast Nebraska, and spread southeast tonight through Monday. Snow will become heavy late tonight into Monday morning across parts of eastern Nebraska north of I-80 and extend into parts of west central and northwest Iowa. Strong north winds of 25 to 45 mph will develop overnight and continue into Monday across the area. The strong winds will result in blizzard conditions and nearly impossible travel in much of northeast Nebraska and northwest Iowa. Farther to the southeast, a wintry mix of precipitation including sleet and freezing rain will turn to snow by Monday morning.”



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