Snow Event Summary, Jan. 31 - Feb. 1, 2011

Light snow and strong winds Tuesday afternoon at the NWS office 4 miles north of Hastings, NE

After a warm end to last week...winter quickly returned to the area with snowfall, strong winds, blowing snow and bitterly cold temperatures infiltrating the area.  Light snow moved into south central Nebraska and north central Kansas during the day Monday, January 31, 2011, before persisting into Monday night and during the day Tuesday, February 1.  Storm total snowfall accumulations of 1-3 inches were observed through most locations, with a few locations east of highway 281 reporting storm total snowfall accumulations closer to 4 inches.  In addition to the snowfall…strong northwesterly winds of 30-40 mph, with locally higher gusts, were also observed across the area.  These strong winds not only presented restricted visibilities to around a quarter-mile at times, they also promoted wind chill values near -30 degrees through many locations.

The image below depicts storm total snowfall accumulation across the area...

The table below includes lowest wind chill readings and highest wind gusts as reported by automated weather observing sites across the area...


Lowest Wind Chill
(Degrees Farenheit)

Highest Wind Gust

Grand Island, NE



Hastings, NE



Hebron, NE



Holdrege, NE



Kearney, NE



Lexington, NE



Ord, NE



Phillipsburg, KS



Smith Center, KS




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