A snowstorm is snarling travel across the central United States and will evolve into a blizzard into Friday.
Snow will intensify and wind will pick up from eastern Nebraska to Wisconsin, making for dangerous travel throughout the night and the Friday morning commute.
“The highest winds will develop by midnight across Iowa, southern Minnesota, eastern South Dakota and northeastern Nebraska, causing extensive blowing and drifting snow,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Dave Samuhel said.
How mich snow does Troop E have? About a fire hydrant's worth. 17" and still falling. Please stay off the roads if at all possible. pic.twitter.com/HCABu9NFw1
— NSP Troop E (@NSP_TroopE) February 24, 2017
Thunderstorms are producing 3/4” hail around Omaha, Nebraska. Less than 40 miles west in Wahoo, snow is falling.
As colder air dives southward, rain will changeover to all snow in Omaha into Friday morning.
Clear Lake is getting lit up tonight! #IAwx #lightning #thundersnow #blizzard #nwsdmx pic.twitter.com/3f3oJLufUz
— Ron Miles Jr. (@RonMjr) February 24, 2017
As of 8:30 p.m. CST, thundersnow is being reported from Algona to Mason City in northern Iowa. It's currently raining in the central and southern portions of the state, but a changeover to snow will occur Friday morning.
As of 8 p.m. CST, many roads across the northern half of Nebraska were completely covered in snow with heavy snow still falling across the state.
Roads were also covered in snow across northern and western Iowa with several reports of thundersnow throughout the evening.
Conditions will continue to deteriorate across northern and western Iowa through Thursday night as blizzard conditions reduce visibility to just a few hundred feet, making travel very difficult.
Heavy snow fell across Wyoming, Nebraska and Colorado on Thursday afternoon as the snowstorm emerged from the Rockies and moved into the central United States.
Between one and four inches of snow fell around the Denver area with higher amounts accumulating in the mountains. This lead to travel delays ahead of the evening commute, especially along I-70 west of Denver.
Higher snow amounts were observed across Wyoming with Casper picking up 16 inches of snow.
The heavy snow limited visibility to just a few hundred feet, causing dangerous travel conditions. Many roads were closed across the state with WYDOT advising against unnecessary travel.
Many roads are closed or WYDOT advises No Unnecessary Travel. Stay home and off the roads. 3pm webcam view at Rock Springs shows I-80 empty. pic.twitter.com/KeZPyVcMy0
— NWS Riverton (@NWSRiverton) February 23, 2017