A significant storm on Saturday will be followed by a more significant storm on Sunday through Monday, leaving Lincoln County blanketed in snowfall and buffeted by high winds, according to advisories from the National Weather Service.
The NWS is presently forecasting snowfall totals from both storms to bring over 12 inches of accumulation before the events end on Monday evening. Local broadcast forecasters are calling for totals over 24 inches.
High winds will also be a factor, especially on Monday, with sustained winds in the 20 to 30 mph range and gusts to 40 mph.
In any case, Lincoln County residents should be prepared for 72 hours of consistent snowfall beginning Saturday morning and continuing through Monday evening, according to the NWS, with the exception of a possible break between storms late Saturday night through early Sunday morning.
The snow on Saturday is forecast to be consistent but light with 3 to 6 inches of accumulation. The heaviest snowfall is presently expected Sunday afternoon through Monday, with “6 or more inches possible” according to the NWS.
A winter weather advisory has been issued by the NWS for the first storm, from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday. The second event is under a winter storm watch issued by the NWS for Sunday morning through Wednesday evening.