Snow, high winds expected Friday in parts of Nebraska, Iowa

December 9, 2021 GMT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A snow storm is expected sweep parts of northern Nebraska and Iowa and could drop more than half-a-foot of snow in some places heading into the weekend.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for Friday into early Saturday for much of northern Nebraska and northern parts of Iowa. The warning area includes the cities of Valentine, Ainsworth and O’Neill in Nebraska and the cities of Storm Lake, Mason City and Estherville in Iowa.

The service says the storm, which is moving across the Rockies through the upper Midwest, is expected to drop up to 8 inches of snow in the most northern parts of Iowa and up to 7 inches in some parts of northern Nebraska. Coupled with high winds, the storm is likely to produce blizzard-like conditions in many area within the warning area.

The weather service has also issued a winter weather advisory for a band of counties just south of the warning area.

Some cities, including South Sioux City in Nebraska, have already issued a snow emergency for Friday into early Saturday morning. That requires drivers not to park vehicles along parts of streets designated as snow routes to allow snow plows through.