The Christmas Blizzard of 2009 will linger not only in the memories of area residents, but also in the record books. Freezing rain and snow fell on December 23 in the area, laying down an icy foundation before the big storm arrived. After a brief respite, snow began in earnest on Christmas Eve and did not end until December 26. The two-day snow total from December 24-25 was the highest on record* for Omaha, Lincoln, and Norfolk. Snow lasted for 3 days in Omaha and Lincoln, and for 4 days in Norfolk. The three-day snow totals were the 11th highest on record in Omaha, the 7th highest in Lincoln, and the 2nd highest in Norfolk. The four-day snow total was also the 2nd highest on record in Norfolk.
December 2009 is the snowiest December on record* at Omaha, Lincoln, and Norfolk, following the big snows not only around Christmas but also around December 8-9. Snowfall totals for the winter so far (including the snow in October) are already greater than the normal snow total for an entire year in both Omaha and Norfolk, and are just shy of the normal yearly snowfall in Lincoln.
* Daily snow records at Omaha and Lincoln are from 1948-2009, excluding 1997. Monthly snow records at
Lincoln exist from 1900-2009. Daily snow records at Norfolk are from 1893-2009, excluding 1945-1947.