LPS cancels school as Nebraska winter storm looms

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By journalsofus.com

Winter break isn’t over just yet.

Lincoln Public Schools canceled classes Monday ahead of a winter storm expected to sweep the state and possibly drop the most significant snowfall of the season so far in Lincoln. LPS students were set to return to classes after a two-week winter break before Superintendent Paul Gausman declared the district’s first snow day of the school year just before 6 p.m. Sunday.

The National Weather Service in Valley on Sunday issued a winter storm warning for central and eastern Nebraska, including Lancaster County, starting at 6 a.m. Monday through noon Tuesday.

Lincoln could potentially see 7 to 11 inches of snow, according to a post by the Weather Service on X (formerly Twitter). There is an 85% chance Lincoln could see at least 6 inches of snow and a 59% chance of at least 8 inches. 

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Other areas of Southeast Nebraska under the warning could see 6 to 9 inches of snow, according to the bulletin for the winter storm warning.

A mix of rain and snow is expected to begin early Monday morning before giving way to moderate to heavy snowfall by mid-morning, Weather Service meteorologist Becky Kern said.

Lincoln could see snowfall rates of greater than 1 inch an hour at times, which could affect visibility, according to Kern. Brief periods of snowfall greater than 2 inches an hour are possible in Southeast Nebraska as well.

“Just the rate of snowfall is going to be concerning,” Kern said.

Visibilities may drop below half a mile during the heaviest snow, particularly Monday afternoon and night, according to the Weather Service.

The snow is forecast to continue into the evening before winding down overnight Tuesday.

“By Tuesday morning at 7 a.m., the snowfall is really going to be tapering off,” Kern said. “The thing that will come in next are gusty northwest winds.”

Winds could gust up to 40 mph Tuesday morning, potentially leading to blowing and drifting snow, especially west of Lincoln.

The Weather Service cautioned that travel “could be very difficult,” with hazardous conditions possible during the Monday morning and evening commutes.

Lincoln Transportation and Utilities said in a news release its crews are “on standby and ready to respond.” 

Lincoln has seen only about 5 inches of snow this winter, which is below average.

The high temperature in Lincoln is expected to hang in the lower to mid 30s, with a high of 25 degrees forecast for Tuesday.

But that will feel warm compared to what’s coming this weekend. A mass of cold air is expected to bring bitterly cold wind chills and highs in the lower teens and upper single digits starting Friday.

Several chances for snowfall over coming days in Nebraska, Meteorologist Kirsten Lang has the forecast

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