Arctic air brings dangerous wind chills, near-blizzard conditions

Near-blizzard conditions and dangerously low wind chills are forecast for eastern Nebraska, with a wind chill warning in effect until Tuesday at noon.

A second, lighter round of snow is expected tonight in some areas. Blowing and drifting snow will continue into Saturday across eastern Nebraska even after the snowfall ends. Visibility will be less than a quarter mile in some areas, and travel will be nearly impossible at times.

Significantly lower temperatures caused by arctic air are forecast to continue into early next week. Wind chills are forecast to remain below -20 across most of the region, with the lowest wind chills, from -40 to -50, forecast for Saturday night and Sunday morning.

The wind chills could cause frostbite on exposed skin in as little as 10 minutes, according to the National Weather Service, which advises avoiding outside activities if possible and dressing appropriately and taking steps to protect yourself if you must go outdoors.

OPPD is watching the forecast closely and will hold extra staff over beyond their regular shifts if needed, to provide more manpower in case of outages.

We encourage customers to keep electronic devices charged in the event of a power outage. Should you lose power, report it right away at or by calling 1-800-554-OPPD, so that we are aware and can respond.

We will continue to provide updates as needed on this page.

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