Rain And Snow Impact The Area Yet Again

A storm system emerged out of the Rockies into western Kansas late Thursday, October 29th, before pushing northeastward into eastern Nebraska during the early  morning hours Friday, October 30th.  Rain spread across much of the area late Wednesday and continued into the day Friday.  Two-day rainfall totals across the area were generally in the one to two inch range, adding to what had already been a very wet October.  The map below depicts total rainfall (in inches) between 7am Wednesday and 7am Friday...

By early Friday morning...cooler air on the back side of the storm system allowed precipitation to transition to snow, with snowfall reported through many locations along and northwest of a line from Ord to Beaver City.  Through 7am Friday...some of the heaviest snowfall reports were received from western Dawson county, where 13 inches of snowfall was observed in Gothenburg, 10 inches of snow 5 miles east / southeast of Cozad, and 7.2 inches of snow in Cozad.  Snowfall amounts dropped off quickly to the east, with 4 inches reported at Lexington, 1 inch at Miller, and only a trace at Kearney and Loup City. The map and table below depict 24-hour snowfall across the NWS Hastings coverage area through 7am Friday, October 30th.

Location 24-Hour Snowfall Source
Gothenburg 13.0" NWS Spotter
Cozad 5ESE 10.0"  Law Enforcement
Cozad 7.2" NWS COOP Observer
Sumner 3W 6.0" NeRAIN 
Cambridge 4.0" NWS COOP Observer
Lexington 1E 4.0"  NeRAIN 
Arapahoe 9.8NNE 3.0"  NeRAIN 
Elwood 8S 2.5" NWS COOP Observer 
Lexington 6SSE 2.0" NWS COOP Observer 
Wilsonville 2.0" NWS COOP Observer 
Miller 0.5SE 1.3"   NeRAIN 
Arcadia 1.0" NWS COOP Observer  
Beaver City 1.0" NWS COOP Observer 
Elm Creek 2.2WSW 1.0"   NeRAIN 
Miller 1.0" NWS COOP Observer  
Holdrege 0.8" NWS COOP Observer 
Oxford 6NNW 0.7" NWS COOP Observer  
Ord 0.5" NWS COOP Observer 
Wilcox 0.2" NWS Spotter 
Ashton Trace NWS COOP Observer  
Edison Trace NWS COOP Observer   
Kearney Airport Trace NWS COOP Observer  
Loup City Trace NWS COOP Observer   

NeRAIN = Courtesy of Nebraska Rainfall Assessment and Information Network (NeRAIN)

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