Mid Week Storm Brings Rain And Snow To The Area

A potent storm system brought locally heavy rain to much of south central Nebraska and parts of north central Kansas, beginning late Tuesday, October 20th, and lasting through late Thursday, October 22nd.  Rainfall amounts of one-quarter to one-half inch were common across the area by early Wednesday morning, with rainfall amounts of one to nearly two inches observed through many locations between Wednesday morning and Thursday morning.  The table below depicts several of the top 72-hour rainfall totals (through 7am Friday) for locations across the area...

Location

72-hour Total Rainfall
(ending at 7am Oct. 23)

Kearney, NE (NWS COOP Observer)

2.60"

Holdrege, NE (NWS COOP Observer)

2.47"
Lexington, NE (airport, automated) 2.46"
Osceola, NE (NWS COOP Observer) 2.32"
York, NE (NWS COOP Observer) 2.19"
Ord, NE (NWS COOP Observer) 1.91"
Hastings, NE (NWS Office, 4 miles N)

1.79" 

Hastings, NE (airport, automated) 1.45"
Grand Island, NE (airport, automated) 1.62"
Hebron, NE (NWS COOP Observer) 1.50"
Phillipsburg, KS (NWS COOP Observer) 1.50"
Smith Center, KS (NWS COOP Observer) 0.89"



Most locations experienced their heaviest rainfall during the 24-hour period between 7am Wednesday and 7am Thursday.  The map below depicts 24-hour rainfall totals ending around 7am Thursday, October 22nd...


In addition to widespread rain, snow was also observed through many locations.  By early Thursday, rainfall had transitioned to snow, generally west of Highway 10 and north of Highway 6.  Light snow then spread east of Highway 10, but generally remained north of Highway 6 through the afternoon hours Thursday.  Reports received through Thursday evening indicated snowfall accumulations as high as 8 inches occurred across portions of Dawson county and Gosper county. Farther east, another fairly small area of steady snowfall blossomed Thursday evening, dumping anywhere from 2 to 6 inches across an area centered on Polk County. The map and tables below depict storm-total snowfall reports received through Friday morning, October 23rd.

 




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