Blizzard warning area expands to take in Sioux City

Storm blasts central US with snow ice and wind killing 3

Winds are expected to be north-northwest, and significant drifting is anticipated, says the NWS.

In addition to the snow, cold air will flood the state with highs on Saturday in the upper 30s to middle 40s.

Heavy snow is hitting Northeast Colorado, as Logan County remains under a blizzard warning until 6 a.m. Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.

Travel across much of Nebraska was still near-impossible Saturday afternoon, with road closures on Interstate 80, US 30 and USA 20.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Winds could gust up to 50 miles per hour.

Blizzard conditions will exist Friday morning though Saturday morning.

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Motorists or anyone outdoors could experience whiteout conditions with extremely low visibility. Rain will change to snow Friday evening.

In Conway, Arkansas, strong winds caused damage at several buildings at the University of Central Arkansas on Friday.

Snow, freezing rain and high winds were expected through Saturday night, with heavy ice accumulations in parts of MI through Sunday morning.

Kansas Division of Emergency Management officials are urging Kansans to avoid travel if possible. Call 511 for the latest road conditions. If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you.

Additional severe weather risk is expected from early Friday afternoon through early evening across the eastern third of Kansas with the possibility of severe thunderstorms, 1-2 inch hail, damaging winds and isolated tornadoes.

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