Winter Storm Watch Issued For Gage & Pawnee Counties

The National Weather Service is preparing for incoming winter weather this evening, with a Winter Storm Watch going into effect at midnight tonight, lasting through 6:00 p.m. Thursday for Gage and Pawnee Counties in Nebraska. This includes the communities of Beatrice, Pawnee City as well as areas north to Lincoln and Nebraska City.

Rain will change to snow on Wednesday evening through Wednesday night, with accumulating snow expected through Thursday morning. Strong northwest winds will create blowing and drifting snow, with reduced visibilities and possible near-whiteout conditions in open areas. Plummeting temperatures will cause wet surfaces to freeze quickly as the temperatures drop into the 20s and teens Thursday morning, causing icing on surfaces beneath the snow.


  • WHAT: Moderate or heavy snow possible along with flash freeze and blowing snow. Plan on difficult travel conditions, including during the morning commute on Thursday. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 6 inches are possible.
  • WHERE: Portions of east central and southeast Nebraska and southwest and west central Iowa.
  • WHEN: From late tonight through Thursday afternoon.
  • ADDITIONAL DETAILS: Significant reductions in visibility are possible.


A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communication. After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. six radio stations. In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on over 90 radio stations across 12 Midwest states and growing.