Plains Snowstorm to Wind Down into This Evening

February 4, 2012; 2:55 PM ET
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The above image shows expected accumulations through Saturday evening before snow tapers off. A larger snow map is available in the <a href=""> Winter Weather Center.</a>

A raging snowstorm which dropped up to four feet of snow in the Colorado Rockies will bring heavy snow to parts of the central Plains into this evening.

Omaha and Lincoln, Neb. along with Des Moines, Iowa will be just a few of the cities targeted by the snowstorm into the first half of tonight.

Heavy snow has already begun across the Omaha vicinity with nearly 7.0 inches of snow already on the ground as of 10 A.M. local time.

Snow will continue heavy at times across the Omaha region into late this afternoon before quickly tapering off as the storm system shifts eastward. When all is said and done, Omaha will likely have picked up 8-10 inches of new snow which will easily be the largest storm thus far this winter season.

Farther east, the transition from rain to snow occurred in Des Moines earlier this morning with steady snow falling at the present time. Steady to locally heavy snow will continue into this evening before quickly tapering off tonight.

3-6 inches of new snow will have piled up in Des Moines by the time the snow ends.

These snow totals are enough to cause dangerous travel into tonight across the central Plains.

Interstates which will be affected by the heavy snow include: I-29, I-80, and I-35. If you have to travel throughout eastern Nebraska and western Iowa into tonight, be sure to plan ahead and be prepared for slow travel.

A man digs his car out of the snow on Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, after a snow storm hit Denver with 10 inches of snow overnight. A powerful winter storm swept across Colorado on Friday as it headed east, bringing blizzard warnings to eastern Colorado and western Kansas, and winter storm warnings for southeast Wyoming and western Nebraska.(AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)

A few road closures aren't out of the question, especially this evening as temperatures fall into teens and 20s and any remaining wet patches freeze.

Much improved weather is in store for the central Plains to wrap up the weekend as sunshine returns in association with a building ridge of high pressure.

Temperatures will rise into the 30s and 40s on Sunday from Omaha through Des Moines which will lead to ample melting of snow during the daylight hours.

However, problems could once again develop Sunday night as temperatures fall quickly below freezing causing wet roadways to develop icy spots.


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