Blowing snow obscures a windmill east of Valentine, Nebraska, on Sunday as a winter storm makes its way across the state.

NORTH PLATTE, Neb. — The City of North Platte declared a snow emergency shortly before 4 p.m. Sunday as a winter storm began to hit the region.

Sunday morning, the National Weather Service office in North Platte was forecasting 8 to 12 inches of snow across Lincoln County and the surrounding area. Snow totals could be higher in some spots, with the higher amounts most likely falling north of North Platte.

Under a snow emergency, no vehicles are allowed to park along snow routes in the city. Vehicles left on snow routes could be towed.

The storm is expected to continue Sunday night and into Monday. A blizzard warning, issued Sunday morning for the region, is expected to expire about noon Monday.

According to the weather service, winds could reach gusts of 45 mph, causing blizzard conditions and making travel across the region hazardous.

As of 4:40 p.m. Sunday, the 511 Nebraska website indicated that roads were completely snow-covered in Lincoln County. The Nebraska Department of Transportation reported a minor traffic accident in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 80 near Hershey on Sunday afternoon.

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