Winter storm to hit area this weekend

Highway 10 near Blaine

Power outages, hazardous travel conditions, and all forms of precipitation including rain, freezing rain, ice pellets, freezing drizzle, and snow are hitting southern Ontario today as the slow-moving system Winter Storm Xanto passes through the area. The most significant ice accumulations are expected Friday night into Saturday morning. Gusty northerly winds are expected through the day as well, which may create areas of blowing and drifting snow. Travel could become very hard at times. The winter storm warning for Ottawa South, Metcalfe and Richmond was issued at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday.

We may see some sleet and glaze ice accumulations.

They say a moisture laden low pressure area over the Central Plains States will amble towards the lower Great Lakes this weekend pumping in cold Arctic air, forcing temperatures below freezing. Expect rain to switch to an icy mix Friday evening and Friday night and then eventually over to a heavy, wet snow by early Saturday. Deep accumulating snow and ice pellets up north may cause hard if not risky travel conditions. A light ice accumulation around a tenth of an inch is possible.

The heaviest of snow looks to fall in northwest Siouxland where a lot of areas will see from 6-12 inches.

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Ahead of the snow, strong thunderstorms are possible over northeast Nebraska on Thursday night and in far Southeast Nebraska on Friday.

In fact, the National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning for northern and western Siouxland from Friday evening into Saturday evening.

Sunday: Rain, possibly mixed with freezing rain, becoming all rain after 8 a.m.

Because of high winds, whiteout conditions are expected, according to the NWS.

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