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Strong winds and blowing snow prompt Alert Days for Thursday and Friday

Published: Jan. 12, 2021 at 9:06 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 14, 2021 at 5:34 AM CST
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Thursday and Friday have been declared First Alert Days due to strong winds and blowing snow.

First Alert Days Thursday and Friday
First Alert Days Thursday and Friday(WOWT)

We’re currently seeing our nicest stretch of weather in several weeks, but that will come to a sudden halt tonight into Thursday as a powerful cold front moves through. This front could bring some light rain to the area during the early morning hours Thursday. More notably, however, will be a burst of potentially damaging winds. A band of 50-60mph wind gusts will move through the region between Midnight and 4am, likely affecting the metro in the 2 to 4am time period. Scattered tree damage and a few power outages are possible, along with hazardous driving conditions. Any outdoor decorations or furniture should be secured tonight ahead of the arrival of these winds!

Wind Gusts Overnight
Wind Gusts Overnight(WOWT)

Wind will die down just in time for the morning drive, but expect wind gusts to increase then again by the afternoon with gusts of 35mph to near 50 mph possible during the late morning and afternoon Thursday. Luckily it won’t be incredibly cold

Friday will bring potentially greater impacts, as it now appears snow is more likely. Snow develops during the overnight hours into Friday morning, lasting into the afternoon. Winds will also increase, with the potential for 50 to 60mph wind gusts returning. At this time, snow potential has increased some with 1-2″ of snow now possible in the metro area. More is likely northeast of the metro and less to the south. Even though amounts are not incredibly impressive, the snow combined with the strong winds may still result in near-blizzard conditions at times, especially during the morning hours Friday. A Winter Storm Watch is now in effect for the areas most likely to see blizzard-like conditions. Temperatures will likely be in the 20s to around 30 for most of the day, resulting in wind chills that fall into teens or even single digits at times.

Friday Snow Potential
Friday Snow Potential(WOWT)
Winter Storm Watch Friday
Winter Storm Watch Friday(WOWT)

Stay tuned to future updates as we get closer to the event.

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