Snow Event Summary, March 24-25, 2011

A late winter storm system brought a round of accumulating snowfall to portions of south central Nebraska late in the evening on March 24th, with the majority of the snow falling during the pre-dawn hours the morning of March 25th.  The greater snowfall accumulations occurred along and north of a line from Kearney to York.  Storm total snowfall in this area ranged from 1 to 5 inches, with snowfall amounts significantly less south of this line.  The slushy snowfall was generated by the passage of an upper level disturbance, combined with warmer spring temperatures in the lower 30s during the snow event.  The slushy snowfall was picturesque, and if you have any photographs you'd like to share, please email them to our webmaster.

The map below depicts the storm total snowfall amounts.  (Click on the image to enlarge.)


The below table lists snowfall amounts from NWS cooperative weather observers, NeRain observers, and NWS storm spotters.


Storm Total Snowfall
24 Hour Amounts ending
at 7 am March 25, 2011

Location Snowfall (inches)
Benedict 5.0
Osceola 5.0
Shelby 4.4
Fullerton 4.0
York 4.0
Phillips 3.3
Aurora 3.0
Greeley 2.5
Grand Island 2.3
Wolbach 2.3
Loup City 2.0
Ord 2.0
Clay Center 1.0
Holdrege 1.0
Miller 1.0

Preceding the snowfall event, thunder showers developed during the late afternoon on March 24th in north central Kansas, and rapidly moved northeast during the evening, with new development occurring in south central Nebraska, primarily along and east of US Highway 281.  The thunder showers produced large quantities of small hail, with many reports of small hail covering the ground.  The small hail reports are listed below:


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