A major late winter storm buffeted the Central Plains March 18-21, producing significant, and in many cases, record-breaking snowfall. The storm unfolded in two stages. The first dropped a mantle of 4 to 8 inch snows across the northern half of the area Saturday Night, March 18th, while producing a mix of snow, sleet and rain further south. Round two was the main event; a potent area of low pressure which traversed to the Northeast toward the area from the Southern Plains Sunday, the 19th. This portion of the event unleashed heavy snow and blustery East to Northeast winds which dropped visibilities to below a mile virtually statewide on Monday. This "second round" of moisture dropped upwards of a foot of snow over much of the state of Nebraska...and isolated localities of Northern Kansas. As you can see above, the heaviest snows fell north of highway 92 in North Central Nebraska. All tolled, more than 2 FEET (!) of snow fell over numerous locations in North Central Nebraska, just in time to welcome in spring on Monday the 20th! The snowstorm was truly one for the record books, and one that will be remembered long after the cleanup has concluded.
Prepared by Mike Montefusco
National Weather Service