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Event Blizzard
State NEBRASKA
County/Area HOWARD
WFO GID
Report Source ASOS
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2009-12-25 01:00:00.0 CST-6
End Date 2009-12-26 06:00:00.0 CST-6
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage 0.00K
Crop Damage 0.00K
Episode Narrative An intense upper level low pressure system deepened over the Desert Southwest in the days preceding Christmas, and unleashed its fury across the plains on Christmas Day. After a relative lull in activity during the daytime hours on Christmas Eve, conditions began to quickly deteriorate during the evening as the winter storm system reorganized across the Plains. The system deepened across the Southern Plains and along the Missouri River, before shifting north and settling in across Iowa on Christmas Day. Being oriented on the backside of the upper low pressure system allowed south central Nebraska to catch the brunt of the combination of snowfall and very strong winds associated with the storm. While the entire area was affected by northwest winds of 40 mph, and gusts near 60 mph at times, the majority of the snow fell in an area generally north of Highway 6 and east of Highway 281. In this area, Christmas Day snowfall amounts tallied 4 to 8 inches, with many 3 day storm totals reaching over a foot. The snow and wind produced blizzard white-out conditions due to significant blowing and drifting of the snow. Numerous roads became impassable and were closed, including major highways and Interstate 80 from Grand Island east to the Missouri River. The timing and extent of the blizzard on Christmas led to cancellations or rescheduling of holiday religious services and festivities for those that needed to travel. It took many days for city, residential and area rural roads to be cleared from this storm, and given the timing and widespread impacts, the Christmas Blizzard is expected to be remembered for many years.
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All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
FILLMORE (ZONE) FILLMORE (ZONE) NE 12/24/2009 14:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
POLK (ZONE) POLK (ZONE) NE 12/24/2009 14:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
YORK (ZONE) YORK (ZONE) NE 12/24/2009 14:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
THAYER (ZONE) THAYER (ZONE) NE 12/24/2009 14:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HAMILTON (ZONE) HAMILTON (ZONE) NE 12/24/2009 15:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
NANCE (ZONE) NANCE (ZONE) NE 12/24/2009 15:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CLAY (ZONE) CLAY (ZONE) NE 12/24/2009 15:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MERRICK (ZONE) MERRICK (ZONE) NE 12/24/2009 15:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HOWARD (ZONE) HOWARD (ZONE) NE 12/25/2009 01:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SHERMAN (ZONE) SHERMAN (ZONE) NE 12/25/2009 01:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
NUCKOLLS (ZONE) NUCKOLLS (ZONE) NE 12/25/2009 01:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GREELEY (ZONE) GREELEY (ZONE) NE 12/25/2009 01:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
VALLEY (ZONE) VALLEY (ZONE) NE 12/25/2009 01:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HALL (ZONE) HALL (ZONE) NE 12/25/2009 01:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BUFFALO (ZONE) BUFFALO (ZONE) NE 12/25/2009 04:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ADAMS (ZONE) ADAMS (ZONE) NE 12/25/2009 04:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WEBSTER (ZONE) WEBSTER (ZONE) NE 12/25/2009 06:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
DAWSON (ZONE) DAWSON (ZONE) NE 12/25/2009 06:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
KEARNEY (ZONE) KEARNEY (ZONE) NE 12/25/2009 06:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
PHELPS (ZONE) PHELPS (ZONE) NE 12/25/2009 07:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GOSPER (ZONE) GOSPER (ZONE) NE 12/25/2009 07:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
FRANKLIN (ZONE) FRANKLIN (ZONE) NE 12/25/2009 07:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HARLAN (ZONE) HARLAN (ZONE) NE 12/25/2009 09:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
FURNAS (ZONE) FURNAS (ZONE) NE 12/25/2009 09:00 CST-6 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 0.00K 0.00K