Consider getting an early start to your day Thursday.
By midmorning, strong winds and heavy snow are expected to make driving difficult in the Omaha and Lincoln metro areas.
Those who head out early may avoid the worst of the winds.
Rain is expected to begin overnight and start changing over to snow by about 6 a.m.
Gusts of about 35 mph are possible around 6 a.m., but by 9 a.m., winds could be gusting to 45 mph or 50 mph, said Brian Smith, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Valley.
Although 1 to 2 inches of wet snow are forecast in the Omaha area, the strong winds will make the snowfall appear more intense, he said.
"Midmorning will be the worst," Smith said. "This will be a mess as far as visibility is concerned."
Gusty winds are expected to continue in the afternoon.
Smith said eastern Nebraska is unlikely to have significant power outages, but east into Iowa could experience problems because the storm is expected to be more intense there.
A blizzard watch and a warning are in effect in central Iowa for Thursday. In central Nebraska, travelers have been advised to watch for periodic white-out conditions in the early morning hours Thursday.