With high winds and heavy snow hitting the area, Nobles County Sheriff Kent Wilkening says utility crews have had to stand down.
In Lincoln, snow was expected to arrive by mid-afternoon and linger into the evening, with possible accumulations of about 1 inch.
According to the National Weather Service, a Winter Weather Advisory for mixed precipitation has been issued for portions of north central Kansas on Saturday. Rain will change to snow Friday evening. The region could see snowfall with hurricane force winds gusts up to 80 miles per hour.
The blizzard warning is in effect until 7 a.m. Sunday.
Blizzard conditions are expected.
The National Weather Service says travel will be very unsafe to impossible.
Video from the scene showed uprooted trees, overturned cards, damaged buildings and downed power lines.
You sure wouldn't know it by looking outside tonight, but a potential blizzard lies ahead for much of Siouxland from Friday night into Saturday. Total snow accumulations of 10 to 15 inches, with localized amounts up to 18 inches, are expected. Adjacent areas in Nebraska, north into South Dakota will also experience blizzard conditions.
State road and travel conditions may be accessed at the Kansas Department of Transportation KanDrive website www.kandrive.org or on a mobile device, go to 511mm.ksdot.org.
"That that just kind of again speaks to how strong the system is, where you're going to get a lot of snow on the cold side, and severe thunderstorms in the warm part of the storm", Beitlich said. Call 511 for the latest road conditions.