Impacts from Significant Spring Storm

The spring storm which exited the plains states, left behind a number of impacts for western and north central Nebraska. It was a wild ride for all as rain initially developed across the west, and rapidly turned to snow for areas in the Nebraska Panhandle and Southwest. The snow accumulated by afternoon in the west, where thundersnow increased snowfall rates for impressive snow fall totals. Snowfall totals reported ranged up to 16 inches in Paxton, with 10 inches recorded at Imperial and 29 miles south of Valentine. While the snow was falling in the west, rain developed over the north with several locations receiving over an inch, prior to the transition from rain to snow overnight.

As the storm deepened and the clash between the cold and warm air increased, surface winds strengthened for blizzard conditions across southwest Nebraska by evening. The strong winds and deteoriating visibilities due to snow led to numerous traffic accidents, road closures on Interstate 80 before 10 pm CDT, power outages in the parts of the southwest in Hayes and Chase counties, and numerous drifts up to five feet. At 3 pm CDT the Nebraska Department of Roads were in the process of opening I-80. Earlier the road closures on the interstate impacted many tractor trailers along with other motorists with the following pictures taken along Interstate 80 and in the community of North Platte. Preliminary storm reports for this event and a Public Information Statement provide additional details.


Images taken in North Platte by Teresa Keck
Photo courtesy of Brandon Hevelone
In Ogallala- Photo courtesy of Brandon Hevelone

Snow drifts in Western Lincoln County - photo by Dean Cosgrove Hay Bales & Snow Drifts - photo credit to Dean Cosgrove Snow drifts to 10 feet in Western Lincoln County - photo credit to Dean Cosgrove Rapidly melting snow drift near end of the day - credit Dean Cosgrove
The images above were provided by long time storm chaser & photographer Dean Cosgrove. All of the above photos were taken in western Lincoln County - just click to enlarge. In photo 1 (above left)  snow drifts were estimated to be 7 feet deep.  Photo 2 above was a cool scene with hay bales and snow drifts.  Photo 3 above depicts a shelter belt down wind of a very long stretch of open fields - with the highest snow drifts estimated at 10 feet. In the last picture above, a depiction of a rapidly melting snow drift is shown near the end of the day.

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