Jan. 29-30, 2013 - Widespread 2-5 Inches of Snow In Southern/Eastern Areas

Jan. 29-30, 2013

2-5 Inches of Snow Mainly In The Southeast Half of the Area

To the right is a regional snowfall map depicting 24-hour amounts ending around 7 AM Wednesday, Jan. 30th. This map originated from a NWS snowfall analysis page at

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A deep upper level low pressure system migrated across the central United States between Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, and Wednesday, Jan. 30th, 2013, bringing a widespread swath of 2-5 inches of snow (and locally higher) to mainly the southeast 1/2 of the NWS Hastings coverage area. In contrast, areas generally north and/or west of a line from Beaver City-Kearney-Grand Island-Osceola received less than 1 inch of snow, if hardly any at all. Accumulating snow first ramped up during the late afternoon of the 29th, peaked in intensity during the evening and early overnight hours, and largely moved off to the east by sunrise on the 30th, leaving behind only lingering flurries. In addition to the falling snow, blowing snow became an issue mainly during the overnight hours thanks to sustained northwest winds of 20-30 MPH with higher gusts. Although the snow event was pretty much over by daybreak on the 30th, morning commuters were met with very slick roads across much of the affected areas. 

This winter weather system proved to be challenging to forecast, as even 2-3 days prior to the event some computer models showed little more than flurries across most of the local area, while others suggested at least a few inches of snow. However, by Monday the 28th it was becoming increasingly apparent that potentially several inches of snow were on the way...

Below is a table of selected snowfall totals of at least 2" reported by NWS Cooperative Observers and NeRAIN/CocoRAHS observers within the NWS Hastings coverage area:

Location (miles from town)

Snowfall (Inches)

2 WSW Tobias 6.0
4E Superior 5.8
Hubbell 5.0
3W Ruskin 4.5
Nelson 4.2
Natoma KS 4.0
Burr Oak KS 4.0
Hunter KS 4.0
Clay Center 4.0
16S Osborne KS 4.0
Lebanon KS 3.6
Hebron 3.6
4 WNW Plainville KS 3.2
2 SW Alton KS 3.0
Cawker City KS 3.0
Mankato KS 3.0
Smith Center KS 2.9
Ionia KS 2.5
1 ENE McCool Junction 2.5
 Bradshaw 2.5
Hastings NWS Office 2.4
4 SW Blue Hill 2.2
5 SSE Hildreth 2.2
Beloit KS 2.0
Holstein 2.0
Lawrence 2.0
4 E Red Cloud 2.0
6 S Wilcox 2.0
6 ESE Clay Center 2.0
5 SSW Scottsville KS 2.0


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

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