Snow Event Summary, Jan. 8-10, 2011

At the Hastings NWS, Mike Reed takes a snow core measurement on January 10, 2011.

Storm Total Snowfall
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For North Central Kansas and most of South Central Nebraska, the first widespread heavy snow of the season fell between Saturday, January 8th, and Monday, January 10th, 2011, as an expansive upper level low pressure system centered over the Northern Rockies built increasingly farther into the Central Plains. By event's end, storm total snowfall across most of South Central Nebraska was in the 7-12 inch range, with most of North Central Kansas averaging a bit lower between 5-9 inches.

This was a prolonged snow event, with many areas experiencing more than one round over a 36 to 48-hour period. The first round of fairly light accumulations affected mainly South Central Nebraska on the afternoon of the 8th into the morning hours on the 9th, with most places reporting no more than 2-4 inches by mid-day on the 9th.  North Central Kansas largely missed out on this initial round. Things really picked up during the mid-afternoon hours on the 9th, and lasting through the overnight hours into the 10th. During this time, a nearly stationary area of light to moderate, and occasionally heavy snow fell across nearly all of South Central Nebraska and North Central Kansas. By mid-morning on Monday the 10th, light snow or flurries still lingered on across the entire area, but the vast majority of accumulating snow was over.

Fortunately, winds were rather light during the period of heaviest snowfall from the 9th into the morning hours on the 10th, with limited impact from blowing and drifting. However, northwesterly winds picked up during the day on the 10th, with gusts of 20-30 mph resulting in minor drifting and locally reduced visibilities.

For places such as Grand Island and Hastings, this event set new records for Jan. 9th calendar day snowfall and and liquid equivalent precipitation.  Once the snow ended, bitterly cold air became the story for a few days, with most of the area struggling to reach 10 degrees on both the 11th and 12th.


Storm Total Snowfall From NWS Cooperative Observers - (Jan. 8-10, 2011)

Location Snowfall
Hastings NWS 11.6
Ord  11.5
 Greeley 11.5
 Grand Island (near Airport)
 Red Cloud
 Kearney Airport
 Loup City
Orleans 10.0
 Osceola 9.5
 Burr Oak, KS
 Canaday Steam Plant (Gosper Co.)
  York (3 miles N)
 Fairmont 7.5
 Clay Center (6 miles ESE) 7.2
Oxford (6 miles NNW)
  Beloit KS 7.0
  Smith Center, KS 7.0
 Franklin 6.8
 Wilsonville 6.5
Superior (4 miles E)
Plainville, KS (4 miles WNW)
  Alton KS (2 miles SW)
  Logan, KS


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