It snowed in western Nebraska today; rain expected to stop falling, but cold is coming

It snowed in western Nebraska today; rain expected to stop falling, but cold is coming
Between 190th Lane (6 miles east of Gordon) and NE 16F Spur; Main Street (Nenzel). The roadway is partially covered with slush. (Nebraska Department of Roads)

At least the rain is supposed to stop.

Precipitation is expected to end by midmorning Wednesday in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa, according to the National Weather Service office in Valley.

And it has been a wet few days: Richard Behrens, who lives in the Florence area of Omaha, has recorded nearly 2 inches of rain over the past three days.

But dry weather doesn’t mean warm weather.

Today’s high is expected to be 47, about 20 degrees below the seasonal average of 68.

Snow showers fell overnight in western Nebraska.

“We started to see snow falling in mainly in north-central Nebraska and pushing north to South Dakota, where there’s still a winter weather advisory,” said Brandon Thorne, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in North Platte. “We had a trace here in North Platte, but the ground is still too warm for it to stick.”

Accumulations of 1 to 2 inches of snow were expected in Cherry County along U.S. Highway 20 between the towns of Cody and Kilgore, Thorne said. The precipitation is expected to move northeast out of Nebraska by mid-morning, he said.

Freezing temperatures are predicted to fill in behind the snow. The National Weather Service in Hastings has issued a freeze warning for Wednesday night into Thursday.

In the River Country area Thursday, dry conditions and a high in the upper 40s are forecast.

Photo Courtesy: Nebraska Department of Roads
Photo Courtesy: Nebraska Department of Roads
Photo Courtesy: Nebraska Department of Roads

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