West-central Nebraska sees snow, but only rain is expected in eastern Nebraska

West-central Nebraska sees snow, but only rain is expected in eastern Nebraska
Three to four inches of snow fell in Sidney overnight Monday.

A spring storm moved through west-central Nebraska early Tuesday, leaving 5 inches of snow near North Platte.

“We have a late-season low pressure system moving out of the Rockies in Colorado and Wyoming, producing snow,” said Cliff Cole, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in North Platte. The system left 5 inches of snow about 10 miles south of North Platte, he said, and 4½ inches about 30 miles south of Valentine. Three inches of snow was reported in Broken Bow.

Scottsbluff received 5-6 inches and Sidney saw 3-4 inches.

The snow is not expected to continue in the east as the system moves past Grand Island. Precipitation will switch over to rain, with a high temperature in the mid-50s expected for Omaha, said Becky Kern, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Valley.

“The rain will begin to dissipate this morning before picking up again in the afternoon and evening,” Kern said. The O’Neill area and spots along the South Dakota border could see some light snow, she said.

Spots in eastern Nebraska could see a quarter inch to a half an inch of rain, she said.

Wednesday should be dry with highs in the low 60s.

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