Snow Event Summary, Feb. 7-8, 2011

Starting during the evening hours on Monday, February 7th, 2011, and lasting through much of the daytime and evening hours on Tuesday, February 8th, a fairly widespread snowfall targeted primarily the southwestern half of the NWS Hastings County Warning Area. For a good chunk of North Central Kansas, this matched or exceeded the heaviest snow of the 2010-2011 winter season so far, with reports indicating a fairly widespread 6-9 inches, especially across Phillips, Rooks, Osborne and Mitchell Counties. Even higher snow totals targeted counties farther south, with amounts in excess of 10-15 inches not uncommon across parts of central and eastern Kansas. 

In South Central Nebraska, storm total reports indicate that generally 2-5 inches fell across locations south and west of a line from Kearney to Hebron. However, some localized 6-inch amounts were noted in parts of Furnas and Harlan Counties. In contrast, a drastic cutoff existed north and east of this line, with locations such as Hastings and Grand Island and points north and east not even seeing 1 inch, and in many counties only a dusting at most. The much-lower snowfall in these areas was largely a result of dry air in the low-levels preventing much snow from reaching the ground.

Although winds were not overly strong during this event, northeasterly gusts of at least 20-25 MPH were not uncommon, resulting in plenty of drifting in areas of heavier snowfall due to the dry, powdery nature of the snow.

Below are two images and a table reflecting storm total snowfall across the area. The image on the left is a regional view, clearly highlighting the very heavy snow across parts of central and eastern Kansas. The image on the right focuses on the NWS Hastings 30-County Warning Area. 

Please note: The snowfall total maps are a "best-approximation" of actual measured amounts from the table below, and may not match exactly due to the effects of interpolation and "smoothing" used to create the maps. These preliminary data may contain errors.

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 Regional Snowfall Map  Snowfall Map -- NWS Hastings CWA


Storm Total Snowfall From NWS Cooperative Observers - (Feb. 7-9, 2011)
Location Snowfall
Beloit KS 9.0
Hunter KS
Plainville KS (4WNW)
Natoma KS
Alton KS
 Wilsonville 6.0
 Damar KS 6.0
Logan KS 6.0
 Smith Center KS 5.8
 Lebanon KS 5.8
 Burr Oak KS 5.4
 Cozad 5.3
 Ionia KS
 Palco KS
Holdrege  4.0
Oxford 6NNW 3.7
Hebron 3.1
Elwood 8S 3.0
 Canaday Steam Plant (Gosper County)
 Superior 4E 2.9
Blue Hill 4SW 2.5
 Kearney Airport
Bruning 1.1
Miller 1.0
Loup City 1.0
Hastings NWS Office 0.8
Clay Center 6ESE
 Grand Island (near airport)

This page was composed by the staff at the National Weather Service in Hastings, Nebraska.

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