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LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska State Patrol is urging motorists in the state to prepare for a winter storm later this week that’s expected to make driving dangerous.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for much of western Nebraska and a winter storm watch for much of southern and eastern Nebraska and the northwest corner of Iowa. The service expects below-freezing temperatures to return to the region and snow and blowing snow for the areas beginning Wednesday evening through Thursday morning.

The patrol says those who must be on the road should stay up-to-date on travel conditions, reduce their speed and carry a red flag or bandanna to attach to the outside of the vehicle and signal for help should it become stranded.