According to the National Weather Service in North Platte a late season blizzard will impact the region.
A winter storm capable of producing blizzard conditions will hit the area around 1 p.m. Friday to 7 p.m. Saturday.
Rain and a few thunderstorms will spread over the Sandhills region tonight and will begin to change to snow early Friday morning. The transition to snow will continue south and east across the area through the day as winds increase.
Strong winds will continue Friday night into Saturday decreasing gradually over northwestern Nebraska.
The combination of heavy snow and strong winds as high as 50 mph will create blowing and drifting snow with visibilities approaching zero.
Snowfall rates exceeding 1 inch per hour also are possible leading to quick accumulations. Total snow accumulations of 9 to 13 inches are expected with localized amounts up to 17 inches along the South Dakota border.
Travel will be very dangerous to impossible.
Areas in the blizzard warning include Keya Paha, Boyd, Brown, Rock, Holt, Blaine, Loup, Garfield and Wheeler and include the cities of Springview, Spencer, Butte, Lynch, Ainsworth, Bassett, Rose, O'Neill, Atkinson, Dunning, Purdum, Brewster, Taylor, Burwell, Bartlett and Ericson.