A strong storm system started to affect the Central Plains late Tuesday night and with plenty of moisture available, brought a plentiful amount of precipitation through Thursday morning.  Precipitation started out as rain across the area, but as early as mid morning on Wednesday, western areas started to see some wet snow mix in with the rain.  This continued into the rest of the day on Wednesday, with a mix of rain and snow staying generally west of Highway 281.  During the nighttime hours on Wednesday, western areas turned over to all snow, with central and eastern areas seeing more of a mix to all rain.   By Thursday morning, the heaviest band of snow had shifted farther to the west, leaving the area with little to no precipitation falling.  Surface temperatures hovering near or just above the freezing mark and the warmer ground temperatures had a negative impact on accumulations, with snow melting as it hit the ground. 

Below is a map and list of liquid precipitation (this includes locations with all rain, as well as rain/melted snow) over the past 48 hours, ending at 7 am CDT Thursday.



NWS Hastings Nebraska Cooperative Observation Sites
(also includes Hastings and Grand Island)

Bradshaw

 

4.33

Clay Center

 

3.99

Minden

 

3.62

Wilsonville

 

3.53

Shelby 3NE

 

3.36

Beaver City

 

3.32

York

 

3.28

Holdrege

 

3.16

Osceola

 

3.12

Edison

 

3.07

Deweese

 

3.04

Kearney 4NE

 

3.01

Orleans 2W

 

2.98

Franklin

 

2.96

Elwood 8S

 

2.90

Ord #2

 

2.89

Blue Hill 4SW

 

2.87

Clay Center 6ESE

 

2.84

Hebron

 

2.84

Ravenna

 

2.84

Arcadia

 

2.81

Fullerton

 

2.78

Wood River 1NNW

 

2.78

Ashton

 

2.77

Naponee

 

2.75

Fairmont

 

2.72

Wolbach

 

2.69

Loup City

 

2.63

Belgrade

 

2.61

North Loup

 

2.60

Guide Rock

 

2.59

Miller

 

2.58

Cambridge

 

2.53

Phillips 4SE

 

2.53

Oxford 7NW

 

2.53

Superior

 

2.52

Grand Island Airport (automated)            2.47

St Paul 4N

 

2.38

Bruning

 

2.32

Canaday Plant

 

2.30

Hastings NWS Office              2.29

Cozad

 

1.92

Kansas Cooperative Observation Sites

Logan

 

4.95

Phillipsburg

 

4.57

Lebanon

 

2.99

Burr Oak

 

2.37

Cawker City

 

2.26

Alton

 

2.25

Mankato

 

2.00

Damar

 

1.94

Ionia

 

1.74

Hunter

 

1.62

Beloit

 

1.10



Several locations reported measurable snowfall through the day Wednesday and into early Thursday.  Below is a map depicting 24-hour total snowfall ending at 7:00 am CDT Thursday.




In addition to widespread precipitation across the region through the past few days, windy conditions were also reported across the area during the day Wednesday.  Below is a map depicting maximum wind gusts as measured by automated observation stations across south central Nebraska and north central Kansas on Wednesday.


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