An arctic cold front arrived during the early morning hours Tuesday, January 29, 2008.  Winds shifted north with the frontal passage and became strong and gusty, while cold air surged south through the central plains.   Snowfall accompanied the fast moving system, and the snow in combination with the strong winds produced areas of blowing and drifting snow.  Visibilities were also reduced due to the snow and the strong winds making for a difficult morning commute.
   Snowfall amounts averaged one inch or less.

Peak Wind Speeds

January 29, 2008

Peak Wind Speed Wind Direction Time
Ord Airport 52 mph 340 degrees
3:11 am
Grand Island Airport 51 mph 10 degrees
4:14 am

Kearney Airport
48 mph 360 degrees 1:15 am
Aurora Airport 48 mph 350 degrees
2:30 am
Hastings Airport 46 mph 350 degrees
2:00 am

Lexington Airport
45 mph 340 degrees 2:50 am

Holdrege Airport
44 mph 360 degrees 1:50 am

Smith Center Airport
44 mph 350 degrees
2:55 am
Hebron Airport 41 mph 340 degrees
6:10 am

Radar image from the Hastings National Weather Service (KUEX) at 6:58 am:

An elongated band of heavy snow stretched along the Highway 281 corridor.

Snowfall Amounts
as of noon January 29, 2008
Location Snowfall (inches)
Precipitation Amount (inches)
Grand Island 1.4 0.12
Hastings 1.1 0.06

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