By midday, poor visibility due to blowing and drifting snow had shut down US 24 between Calhan and Limon, as well as major roads across the state, including Interstate 70 between Limon and the Kansas line.
State Patrol reported a total of 245 crashes as of 10 a.m. Saturday.
The National Weather Service has expanded the swath of territory where a potential blizzard is expected to move Saturday, adding Woodbury, Ida, Cherokee and Buena Vista counties to the large area that could be impacted.
Travel across much of Nebraska was still near-impossible Saturday afternoon, with road closures on Interstate 80, US 30 and USA 20.
A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring.
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Lincoln was never supposed to see the worst of this storm, but by noontime Saturday, it appeared the impacts here would be even less than expected.
In Conway, Arkansas, strong winds caused damage at several buildings at the University of Central Arkansas on Friday. Do not travel. If you must travel, be sure to pack a winter survival kit. Let this person know when you have arrived safely at your destination.
For state road and travel conditions call the Kansas Department of Transportation at 511 from any phone.
Total snow accumulations of 5 to 10 inches are expected, with winds gusting as high as 65 miles per hour. Storms developed in Butler and Cowley counties and began moving northeast, and severe thunderstorm warnings were issued for the Emporia area.
The heaviest of snow looks to fall in northwest Siouxland where a lot of areas will see from 6-12 inches.