An arctic front will bring cold temperatures, fog, rain and snow to the area on Saturday afternoon, the National Weather Service in North Platte said.Saturday will be sunny with a high near 62, but a stout north wind will blow in the afternoon. Snow is likely during the night, mainly after midnight.
Winds will gust up to 25 miles an hour. Icy roads are likely as the temperature drops to the low 20s, the weather service says.
The chance of precipitation is 60 percent with 1-3 inches of snow possible. The heaviest snow is expected in a corridor from Big Springs to Mullen to Valentine, the weather service said.
The high Sunday is forecast at 32 degrees with northerly winds from 13-17 miles an hour. The low Sunday will drop to 8 degrees, but the temperature will gradually warm to the mid-50s by Tuesday and remain there for a few days, according to the forecast.
This storm is not expected to be severe, but winter weather can turn worse without warning, and storms can last for several days, the weather service said Thursday, on National Winter Weather Awareness Day.
When preparing a home or workplace for the upcoming winter season, keep in mind that the primary concerns -- the loss of heat, power and telephone service, along with a shortage of supplies if a storm continues for an extended period.
• Flashlight and extra batteries.
• Battery-powered NOAA Weather Radio and portable radio to receive emergency information - these may be your only links to the outside.
• Extra food and water. Have high energy food, such as dried fruit, nuts and granola bars, and food which requires no cooking or refrigeration.
• Extra medicine and baby items.
• First-aid supplies.
• Heating fuel. Refuel BEFORE you are empty. Fuel carriers may not reach you for days after a winter storm.
• Emergency heat source: fireplace, wood stove, space heater -- use properly to prevent a fire, and remember to ventilate properly.
• Fire extinguisher and smoke alarm -- test smoke alarms once a month to ensure they work properly.
In a vehicle
• For in-state road condition information, dail 511. If out-of-state, call 1-402-471-4533.
• Keep your gas tank near full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines.
• If stalled, stay in the vehicle. You could quickly become disoriented in wind-driven snow and cold.
• Run the motor about 10 minutes each hour for heat.
• Open the window a little for fresh air to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.
• Make sure the exhaust pipe is not blocked.
• Be visible to rescuers!
- Turn on the dome light at night when running the engine
- Tie a colored cloth, preferably red, to your antenna or door
- After the snow stops falling, raise the hood to indicate you need help
• Exercise from time to time, move arms, legs fingers, and toes vigorously to keep
blood circulating and to keep warm.
On farm and for pets:
• Move animals into sheltered areas.
• Shelter belts, properly laid out and oriented, are better protection for cattle than confining shelters.
• Haul extra feed to nearby feeding areas.
• Have plenty of water available. Most animals die from dehydration in winter storms.
• Make sure your pets have plenty of food, water and shelter.