Shawn Jacobs- Custer County
Shawn Jacobs- Impact
A winter storm watch is in effect for most of Nebraska from Wednesday morning until Wednesday evening, March 23.
The National Weather Service says snowfall is expected to range from 3 to 6 inches in the storm watch area, with winds gusting to 45 mph.
Meteorologist Shawn Jacobs with the National Weather Service in North Platte says what to expect in Custer County.
“Custer County is on the dividing line. To the east, there’s not going to be that much snow, it’s going to be more rain with the wind. However, northwestern portions of your county, there will be some accumulation,” Jacobs said “So right now, a general range of an inch across your east up towards about four to five inches across the west and northwest looks like a good range. But again, you will have the wind, so the impact will be felt.”
Jacobs said the focus of the storm shouldn’t be the snowfall amounts, but rather the effects of adverse conditions.
“Right now we are not focusing on snow amounts as much as the potential impact with this storm system,” Jacobs said. “We’re looking at the ranching communities with calving season going on. We’re looking at a storm system that is going to bring rain which will change over to snow and then also produce a lot of wind with it. So the potential is there for significant loss of life to those cattle. Of course we’re also concerned about the everyday travel with school going on and lots of school activities and of course your normal commerce.”
Weather conditions are expected to start as rain in the morning, while turning into snow later in the day.