The wind chill will drop to around 25 degrees below zero tonight in Holt County, leading to a Wind Chill Advisory from the National Weather Service.
Frost bite can occur in 30 minutes or less in these conditions. The NWS encourages precautions be taken for those who venture outdoors, including wearing a hat and gloves, since the cold air and strong winds combine to generate low wind chills that can result in frost bite or hypothermia.
Several accidents have already been reported in Holt County due to slick road conditions.
According to the Nebraska Department of Roads, the highways are completely covered with ice. A freezing rain advisory remains in effect until 10 p.m.
Darkness and falling temperatures will enhance the danger of patches of ice on area roadways. Drivers are urged to use caution.
Wind gusts at nearly 40 mph and heavy snowfall have left all highways in Holt County completely covered with snow this morning thanks to the first storm of the winter season.
The Nebraska Department of Roads has not closed the highways but are reporting blowing snow and complete coverage on the roadways.
As of 6:30 a.m., several schools had canceled classes for Friday, including Ewing, O'Neill Public, St. Mary's and Chambers are planning at 10 a.m. start.