First, a list of winter weather headlines as of Thursday morning.
Areas north of Sioux City, plus Dakota and Dixon counties in Nebraska: Blizzard Watch.
Other locations west of Sioux City: Winter Storm Warning.
Sioux City, plus south and east of Sioux City: Winter Storm Watch.
All headlines take effect Thursday evening and continue through Friday.
Our Thursday will start off on a dry note, with mostly cloudy skies. But by afternoon a cold front and area of low pressure will kick off rain showers.
As cooler air pushes in, we’ll start to see the rain change to snow Thursday evening north and west of Sioux City. By Friday morning, all of Siouxland will have cooled enough for snow.
Snow will continue through the day Friday, ending by early Saturday morning. Strong winds through this period will cause low visibility and blowing/drifting snow.
The commute will be very difficult Friday morning and again Friday evening. In fact, travel is not recommended at all during the day on Friday.
Accumulation will be highest in Sioux City and points north and west of Sioux City, where totals of 8-16″ will be seen and isolated totals higher than 16″ possible. For most areas south and east of Sioux City, 4-8″ can be expected. Far southern and far eastern parts of Siouxland will receive the lightest totals of 2-4″. Whether we end up on the lighter or heavier end of those ranges will depend on how quickly the rain changes over to snow Thursday night.
For the weekend and beyond, highs will be in the 20s and 30s, with another chance of a light rain/snow mix Tuesday.