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Heavier snow impacts much of the area today

January 25, 2021 Morning Forecast
Published: Jan. 25, 2021 at 10:20 AM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Snow continues to fall across the area and will be most intense during the daylight hours. Some of the highest snowfall rates will be over southeastern portions of the Local4 viewing area where some will have rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour. As we get into the late afternoon and evening, snowfall intensity will back off a bit. As the night goes on, the chance for snow will slowly decrease. But even by tomorrow morning, it will never completely go down to zero. For much of the day Tuesday, there will still be a slight chance of light snow. Later in the afternoon and into Tuesday night, another quick passing, weak disturbance will bring another chance for some light snow. This should clear out by early Wednesday morning.

Let’s start talking snowfall accumulation. How much are we expecting? Let’s start with the first round that is ongoing and “ending early tomorrow morning. As of the time of this update, many have already picked up 2 to 5 inches of snow. I anticipate the highest snowfall totals to be over southeast parts of the Local4 viewing area, especially east of highway 281. I expect a widespread 10 to 16 inches of snow, but there may be some very isolated locations over Southeast Nebraska that push into the 18 inch range. For areas around North Central Kansas to the Tri-Cities, then eastward to the York/Columbus area, I expect around 8 to 12 inches of snow accumulation. One of the biggest changes was to bump up areas to the north and northeast a bit. From around McCook to Lexington to Broken Bow to Burwell to Neligh, I am going with 6 to 10 inches. Areas farther north and west from Imperial to North Platte to Ainsorth to O’Neill are in range of 2 to 6 inches. Far Northern Nebraska and westward into the Sandhills are in line for around 1 to 4 inches. With all this said, keep in mind that a few locations within these different areas may get totals a little higher or lower than expected. The second round of snow will not have nearly the impact, with an addition inch or two as icing on the cake.

This snow will impact things at home or on the road. While driving won’t be impossible during this time, it will be rather difficult. This is not a blizzard situation as winds are mostly going to be in the 12 to 22 mph range. Gusts could occasionally get over 30 mph. This is strong enough to cause some blowing and drifting of snow. due to the heavier, wet nature of the snow, it won’t blow around as much as the light and fluffy snow would. If you do have to be out traveling in this, make sure you are taking plenty of time, keeping sure to have plenty of space between you and other vehicles. Visibility restrictions will be below one mile much of the time. Conditions will slowly improve through the overnight, but it will take some time for crews to clear off roads.

Expect cold temperatures in the coming days with only a little improvement by the end of the week. Temperatures today will go nowhere other than maybe dropping a degree or two. Highs will mostly be in the 20s with the warmer upper 20s in the southeast. Low temperatures tonight will drop back to between the upper 0s up north to the mid 10s in the southeast. The two coldest days will be Tuesday and Wednesday. Highs on Tuesday will be in the mid to upper 10s with a few lower 20s in the outskirts of the Local4 viewing area. Tuesday night’s lows will mainly be in the low to mid 0s with a few in the upper 0s and lower 10s in the southeast. The weather will dry out and some partial sun will return on Wednesday, but highs will again struggle with mid to upper 10s and lower 20s for most of Central and Eastern Nebraska. With less snow on the ground, highs may possibly make it to the mid to upper 20s out west.

The rest of the week will continue to be a struggle to warm with the snow on the ground, but there will be a slight warming trend. With partly cloudy skies, highs on Thursday will make it into the mid to upper 20s and lower 30s, but again, areas to the west and northwest could be a bit warmer into the mid to upper 30s. Friday will again be partly cloudy and a little bit warmer. Highs will push into the low to mid 30s, but some upper 30s and lower 40s will be possible out west. The Panhandle will enjoy some 50s. Saturday may feature a little more wind and some extra clouds as some moisture glances by the area. The best chance for moisture would be southeastern areas. Highs will mostly be in the mid to upper 30s with some 40s out west. Sunday will feature a little more sunshine. Highs will again make it to the mid to upper 30s with some 40s out west.

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