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Tornado Watch and Blizzard Warning issued in Kansas

Tornado Watch and Blizzard Warning issued in Kansas

Winds gusting as high at 50 miles per hour will cause whiteout conditions in blowing snow. While near 1 inch of snow is expected in and around the metro, the greatest snow accumulations are likely west and north of the metro where Blizzard Warnings and Winter Storm Watches are in place.

The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, had issued tornado watches Friday for eastern Texas and western Louisiana, moving up through eastern Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas and into Missouri and Iowa.

Travel is not recommended as conditions will range from very risky to impossible with downed tree branches are possible, too.

"Road conditions are still not safe across the state and travel is not recommended", said Bryan Tuma, assistant director of the Nebraska Emergency Management Agency, in a news release.

A winter storm is bringing snow to northwest Kansas along with strong winds that will create blizzard conditions. Damage to power lines may occur.

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The National Weather Service says as much as 18 inches of snow could fall on northern parts of Nebraska by Saturday evening.

Blizzard conditions could develop across northeast Colorado, southeast Wyoming, western Nebraska and northwest Kansas during the day on Friday. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.

You sure wouldn't know it by looking outside tonight, but a potential blizzard lies ahead for much of Siouxland from Friday night into Saturday.

The patrol and other agencies also helped more than 100 motorists who became stranded on I-80 near Sidney, ferrying them from their vehicles using Sidney Public Schools buses escorted by patrol cruisers and snow plows.