Early Outlook: Another strong winter storm invades Nebraska Friday

Heather Diaz
January 18, 2019

Winter Storm Harper's trajectory is still uncertain at this point, however, predictions have the storm moving through the central states and into the Northeast, bringing heavy snow to the Plains, New England, Pennsylvania and New York State in particular.

The rest of the day Friday will be cloudy with a high temperature climbing to around 40 degrees.

The heaviest snow is expected to hit the Chicago area late Friday afternoon and evening. The heaviest snow is expected over the Sierra Madre Range, where up to 2 feet of snow may fall over the next 36 hours especially on southwest facing slopes.

Snow will mix with rain and sleet at times, and the storm could last 24 hours through Sunday night, January 20, with the system wrapping up with evening snow showers.

"Snow Totals: Widespread 3-6", Higher amounts possible south of I-80 and along the northern border of the state. Winds will change direction out of the northwest bringing in cold air Saturday night.

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The storm halted traffic on Interstate 80 through the Sierra Nevada overnight on Wednesday, with 44 inches of snow forecast on Donner Summit.

A winter storm watch remains in effect from Saturday afternoon through Sunday evening across parts of northern CT.

South Jersey and DE can expect to see mostly rain Thursday into Friday.

No additional snow will fall on Saturday night.

NWS forecasters say precipitation types remain uncertain at this point, but there is "high confidence in a high liquid-equivalent event". The winds continue through Monday morning.

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