|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|
|Scotia 4 East (NERain)||10.0||10|
|Shelby 3 Northeast||4.2||6|
|Saint Paul 4 North||4.0||4|
|Kearney 4 Northeast||4.0||4|
|York 3 North||3.5||4|
|Elwood 8 South||3.0||3|
|Oxford 7 Northwest||2.7||3|
|McCool Junction (NERain)||2.5||5|
|Clay Center 6 East Southeast||2.4||6|
|Orleans 2 West||2.4||2|
|Grand Island Airport||2.1||3|
|Shickley 4 South||2.0||4|