Friday, January 29, 2016
Frankie The Weather Guy Calls It: Major Snow Event Headed Our Way
Unless you live in a cave, you have by now heard about or seen Frankie the Weather Guy, the YouTube sensation from Canada.
He is calling for a massive snow storm to hit eastern Nebraska -- especially Omaha.
"Be warned, Nebraska!" Frankie exclaims. "Be prepared! ... Don't even try to go outside."
See Frankie's video forecast here.
Frankie may have called this one correctly -- very early. And Saline County appears to be in the cross hairs of the coming blizzard.
Major media outlets, including the Weather Channel, are saying a major snow event is headed our way by Monday evening and lasting through Tuesday. The Lincoln Journal Star reported this afternoon that "it remains too early to accurately pinpoint where the storm will track, although forecasters are confident that someone, somewhere will see heavy snow and near-blizzard conditions next week."
The latest "best guess" is a heavy snow band from central Kansas stretching into extreme Southeast Nebraska, including Thayer, Jefferson, Saline, Gage and counties south of Nebraska Highway 2 to the east of Lincoln.
The National Weather Service is watching a system that is now near Hawaii and another near Alaska. That system is expected to hit the west coast by Sunday and then move east. The models show now is a broad area of accumulating snowfall over eastern Nebraska and western Iowa.
A NWS spokeswoman says, “We are expecting quite a bit of wind. It looks like anywhere from 30 to 40 miles per hour with gusts higher than that. If we get three inches of snow and get 40 mile per hour winds that is going to create white-out conditions.”
Nebraskans are urged to prepare for the storm and adjust travel plans as needed.
Stay tuned to the Dorchester Times and our AccuWeather updates on this weather system.