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Blowing snow across the land.

Blowing snow across the land.

Whew! Let me catch my breath and my hat!

The TV meteorologists often use the word “breezy” when it’s actually howling steady at 45 mph and gusting to 60 plus mph. That’s what we can have in our Panhandle.

This morning the National Weather Service says we are under a “winter storm warning.”

A WINTER STORM WARNING MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE
EXPECTED OR OCCURRING...DUE TO SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW AND
STRONG WINDS PRODUCING LIMITED VISIBILITIES.
limited visibility due to snow and fog.

This is what limited visibility can look like. And it can be dangerously cold.

For the Nebraska Panhandle that can mean pretty intense weather. A winter storm can blow into the area and next we have a blizzard with snow drifts higher than the top of the hood of my car and near white-out driving conditions.

Cattle huddling together behind a wind break of piled downed trees and branches.

Cattle huddling together behind a wind break of piled downed trees and branches.

Livestock and wildlife head for cover or gather near windbreaks seeking some shelter from a passing arctic storm that sweeps across the Panhandle.