Thursday evening's weather...and a forecast that leaves most of our region with sub-freezing temperatures over the course of the next week...pretty much guarantees a white Christmas for many locations in central Nebraska and a few places across north-central Kansas.  Thursday night's storm threw nearly everything at us but the kitchen sink...starting out during the late afternoon before wrapping up around 3 am Friday morning. Most locations received a smorgasbord of freezing fog...freezing drizzle...freezing rain...sleet...snow...and thunder and lightning through the evening hours Thursday into the pre-dawn hours Friday.  

Heavy bands of snow and sleet extended across central Nebraska in two distinct areas...one from near Holdrege north into the Ravenna...Ashton....North Loup/Scotia areas...and on into the Greeley and Spalding communities.  Ten inches of new snow fell at Greeley and a NERain observer reported 10 inches of new snow 4 miles east of Scotia...which appears to be the area hardest hit.  The second area...although not as heavy...showed up a bit farther east...around Chapman and between York and Gresham...where around 4 inches of new snow and sleet fell. 

 

     Storm Total Snowfall and 7am Snow Depths

Location Storm Total Snowfall Total Snow Depth
Greeley 10.0 12
Scotia 4 East (NERain) 10.0 10
Ashton 8.5 9
North Loup 8.0 9
Scotia (NERain) 7.0 9
Loup City 6.0 7
Miller 6.0 6
Ord 5.5 6
Arcadia 5.0 6
Shelby 3 Northeast 4.2 6
Saint Paul 4 North 4.0 4
Kearney 4 Northeast 4.0 4
Holdrege 4.0 4
Wilsonville 4.0 5
Gresham (NERain) 4.0 5
York 3 North 3.5 4
Elwood 8 South 3.0 3
Oxford 7 Northwest 2.7 3
Osceola 2.7 6
Burr Oak 2.6 5
Edison 2.5 3
McCool Junction (NERain) 2.5 5
Clay Center 6 East Southeast 2.4 6
Cambridge 2.4 2
Orleans 2 West 2.4 2
Grand Island Airport 2.1 3
 Minden 2.0 4
Hastings NWS 2.0 4
Clay Center 2.0 5
Fairmont 2.0 4
Shickley 4 South 2.0 4
Phillipsburg 2.0 3
Cozad 1.7 2
Wood River 1.5 4
Long Island 1.0 2
Smith Center 1.0 2
Guide Rock 1.0 3
Bruning 1.0 3

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