Closings: Schools, churches, day-cares and businesses

Winter storm tracking east across Nebraska into Iowa

A series of storms will dash across the country beginning Thursday, dropping a mixed bag of wintry weather and leaving in their wake the coldest temperatures of the season.

OMAHA, Neb. – A winter storm dropping freezing rain and snow is tracking east across Nebraska into Iowa, prompting schools and businesses to remain closed for the day.

The National Weather Service has issued winter weather advisories and warnings Tuesday that carry forecasts of up to 8 inches (20 centimeters) of snow for northeast Iowa. Up to 4 inches (10 centimeters) is expected to accumulate by the time the storm leaves Omaha, ad as much as 5 inches (12.5 centimeters) is forecast to amass in the Des Moines area overnight into Wednesday.

Wind-driven snow and icy roadways are making travel hazardous. The Nebraska Transportation Department reports that Interstate 80 is partially covered with ice in central Nebraska, as are several other highways. No storm closures have been reported.

Below-zero wind chill temperatures are forecast overnight.

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