COLUMBUS – Winter does not seem to be going away any time soon, as another round of weather is causing hazardous conditions across portions of northeastern Nebraska.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for east central, northeast, and southeast Nebraska through midnight tonight. Possible snow accumulations range from one to four inches in the affected areas.
In Columbus, freezing drizzle from overnight on Sunday has continued into the early afternoon. The latest forecast calls for patchy fog around the Columbus area after 5:00 PM, with an 80% chance of precipitation throughout the day.
The freezing drizzle is expected to turn into a snow mixture sometime in the afternoon. While total daytime snow accumulation is only expected to be less than half an inch, the freezing rain mixture will continue to cause slick roadways around the city.
As a precaution, Central Community College closed its campuses on Monday due to the weather, but all other Columbus schools remained open. The overnight low is expected to be around 14 degrees, and new snow accumulation of less than half an inch is expected.
The winter weather advisory is coupled with a flood advisory that remains in effect for southeastern Platte County, as the ice jam along the Loup River is continuing to cause flooding issues. Emergency management says that some water was flowing out of the Loup River west of the T-Bone truck stop and through a culvert under Highway 30 into Barnum Creek.
While the water has dropped in recent days, lowland flooding remains, and emergency management will continue to monitor the situation. The flood advisory remains in effect until 3:00 PM on Wednesday.