Forecasters are predicting a wild-weather Wednesday, including whiteout conditions in extreme southwest Nebraska and the possibility of tornadoes in counties bordering the Missouri River south of Omaha.
The "very rare weather pattern for Nebraska" bears watching, said Cathy Zapotocny of the National Weather Service forecast office in Valley, especially with Veterans Day events scheduled throughout the day.
The storm system will move into Nebraska from the southwest, bringing with it a chance of severe thunderstorms beginning at daybreak Wednesday and winds gusting to near 50 mph once a cold front passes in the afternoon.
High winds will make for a rough day all across the state, but forecasters are focused on southwest Nebraska, where up to 4 inches of snow combined with 60 mph wind gusts were expected to create blizzard conditions in Red Willow, Hitchcock, Chase, Perkins, Hayes and Dundy counties, and areas south and east of Lincoln, where tornadoes can't be ruled out within fast-moving thunderstorms between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Tornadoes are more likely in the area between St. Louis, Kansas City and Des Moines.
In Lincoln, the primary severe weather threat is hail and high winds.
Once the cold front passes, the severe weather threat will subside as winds turn out of the northwest. Any snow that falls in eastern Nebraska will be light, but could cause issues for travelers when whipped by gusty winds.
Lincoln could reach 58 degrees on Wednesday, with temperatures expected to fall after 11 a.m.
Windy conditions will continue overnight and into Thursday, when temps will rebound to 55 degrees.
More tranquil conditions are expected Friday through Sunday, with Friday's high at 54 and temps in the 60s possible for the weekend.