It may not merit a blizzard designation, but the pending storm system expected to hit the Tribland coverage area late Wednesday night continuing into Thursday should not be taken lightly.
The winter storm watch issued Monday afternoon by the National Weather Service is expected to be upgraded to winter warning status later this afternoon or early evening, with snowfall of 8-12 inches expected in Hastings and surrounding areas.
Temperatures trailing the storm on Friday will be in the mid-teens, with wind chills of minus 5 to minus 15 possible.
"This is a serious storm, take it seriously," said Jeff Halblaub, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Hastings. "Certainly I would expect this to be a disruptive storm. We'll probably see a little bit of snow develop late in the day Wednesday, but the bulk of the snow will fall between midnight and noon on Thursday.
"Probably the most intense part of the storm will occur during the morning hours Thursday. At that point, we're going to be expecting a snowfall rate of about 1 inch per hour. That means Thursday morning's commute is going to be treacherous and slow."