Region seeing wintry mix, little accumulation as cold front triggers hard freeze warning

Region seeing wintry mix, little accumulation as cold front triggers hard freeze warning
The season's first snow began falling Sunday morning. 2-4" were expected in some locations, including Lancaster County.

A winter weather advisory is in effect until 7 p.m. for Cass, Sarpy  and Lancaster Counties in southeast Nebraska.

Precipitation Sunday morning in Omaha transitioned from rain to snow, said Van DeWald, a meteorologist with the weather service. Snow could accumulate up to 2 inches across parts of eastern Nebraska and southwest Iowa through Sunday evening.

Areas west of a line from Pender to Table Rock in eastern Nebraska are the most likely locations for snow accumulation, the weather service said. Snow is not expected to impact travel but motorists are warned to be prepared for slick conditions on roadways.

“A storm coming out of the Rocky Mountains left about 6 inches of snow in eastern Colorado,” said Alan Reppert, a meteorologist with AccuWeather. “That system is bringing cold air and precipitation across the entire state of Nebraska. Any snow that falls should only accumulate on grassy areas and it will be gone by Sunday afternoon.”

Most of the heavier snow fell in northwest Nebraska, according to the National Weather Service Office in North Platte. Some places in Cherry County reported up to 7 inches of snow with 6 inches recorded in Sheridan County and 4 inches in Boyd County.

North Platte recorded just an inch of snow. Precipitation ended by 10 a.m. with sunny skies breaking through the clouds.

The colder air will move in by 1 a.m. Monday, with temperatures falling into the 20s. That means a hard frost is likely to take hold until midday Monday. Freezing temperatures could kill sensitive vegetation and damage unprotected outdoor plumbing.

“There’s definitely a chance for a hard freeze in outlying areas,” Reppert said. “Monday it’s going to be chilly with partly sunny skies and a high (temperature) creeping back up to around 48 (degrees).”

The temperatures are expected to climb into the low 60s on Tuesday, he said. The high for Wednesday is forecast to reach 58 degrees.

“I don’t see chances again for rain to return until Friday,” Reppert said. “Even then, it will be much warmer with a high in the 60s.”





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