Freezing Rain, Snow And Wind Impacts From December 23rd

A strong storm system began moving out of the southwestern U.S. on Wednesday, December 23rd...bringing with it a mixed bag of wintry precipitation to the area.  By sunrise Wednesday, freezing drizzle, freezing rain, sleet and snow were all being observed across central and south central Nebraska, as well as portions of north central Kansas.  Ice accumulations due to freezing rain were generally around a quarter inch, with some locations across Osborne county Kansas reporting up to a half inch of ice accumulation.  By late Wednesday morning much of the precipitation had transitioned to snow, with snow then continuing well into the afternoon and evening hours on Wednesday for some locations.

The map and tables below includes 24-hour snowfall totals (through Thursday morning) from across the area...

The map and table below depict ice accumulations from freezing rain which occured across portions of the area Wednesday morning...

In addition to the precipitation, strong winds swept in behind the storm system during the day Thursday.  Sustained northerly winds of 25-35 mph, with gusts near 45 mph, were common through many locations.  The table below depicts peak wind gusts (through 200 pm CST Thursday) as observed from a few automated observing stations across the area.


Peak Wind Gust

(CST, 12/24/09)

Aurora, NE

40 mph

1:30 pm

Grand Island, NE

43 mph

10:26 am

Hastings, NE

44 mph

5:04 am

Holdrege, NE

39 mph

11:30 am

Ord, NE

45 mph

6:41 am

Phillipsburg, KS

43 mph

11:00 am

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