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By Forrest Hershberger
Sidney Sun-Telegraph 

Storm Brings Wind, Snow


January 24, 2018

Forrest Hershberger

Near blizzard conditions didn't stop this runner from getting in a few miles. Snow and wind moved through the area Sunday, part of a system that stretched from Wyoming to eastern Nebraska.

Wind and snow blew through the Sidney area this weekend, slowing traffic and causing slick and snow-covered streets throughout the county.

The storm that was predicted to start leaving its impact in the Sidney area Saturday arrived Sunday with a gentleness likely misleading commuters and residents alike.

Region 21 Emergency Manager Ron Leal said Monday a truck-trailer slid off the road near milemarker 100 on Interstate 80 Sunday morning. Sidney drivers survived the storm without significant mishap. Sidney Police Chief Joe Aikens reported no accidents during the storm.

Unofficial estimates for snowfall in Sidney was three inches, with estimates as high as six inches in places throughout the area.

Forrest Hershberger

Snow and wind moved through the area Sunday, part of a system that stretched from Wyoming to eastern Nebraska.

As of Monday morning, the National Weather Service (NWS) continued to post a hazardous Weather Conditions warning. The warning cautioned that blowing snow could result in reduced visibility in parts of I-80 and I-25 with wind gusts expected to reach over 50 mph. The weather warning also cautioned against blowing and drifting snow that could result in slick and snow-covered roads. As of Tuesday, the probability for widespread hazardous weather through the week is low, according to NWS data.

The NWS forecast is for today (Wednesday to reach a high of 45 with west winds 10 to 15 mph and a low near 20, Thursday's high will near 50 and Friday partly-cloudy with highs near 35. Saturday's high is also expected to be 30 to 35 but mostly sunny. Sidney's Automated Weather Observing System (AWOS) reported light snow, fog and mist, and windy Sunday following an overcast Saturday. Relative humidity Sunday was between 88 and 96 percent.


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