Blizzard Warning issued for much of Siouxland

Blizzard Warning & Winter Storm Watch

The start of the three-on-three soccer season sponsored by the Abilene Parks and Recreation Department has been cancelled Saturday because of potential weather conditions. Total snow accumulations of 10 to 15 inches, with localized amounts up to 18 inches, are expected.

Meanwhile, strong winds associated with the same system will threaten parts of the Southwest to the High Plains bringing high fire danger. Ice accumulations are also possible. That means snow showers are likely most of the day Saturday, especially in Eastern Nebraska. The weather service is serious: "Do not travel".

The Blizzard Warning is in effect from 1 a.m.to 7 p.m. on Saturday. It's expected to reach New England, where temperatures could reach record highs.

Now, National Weather Service in Sioux Falls has placed most Northwest Iowa counties in a Blizzard Warning, as also were the five closest Northeast Nebraska counties and all but a few northern counties South Dakota near the North Dakota border.

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High wind warnings remain in effect until midnight Friday with gusts up to 65 miles per hour expected.

Additional severe weather risk is expected from early Friday afternoon through early evening across the eastern third of Kansas with the possibility of severe thunderstorms, 1-2 inch hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes.

Those high winds will combine with the intensifying snow starting around Akron for blizzard conditions that will make travel hard, if not impossible, for much of the day. Damage to trees and power lines is possible.

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