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Event Details

Event Blizzard
State NEBRASKA
County/Area DAWES
WFO CYS
Begin Date 12/25/2009 09:00:00 MST-7
End Date 12/26/2009 04:00:00 MST-7
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage
Crop Damage
Episode Narrative An upper level disturbance on the west coast moved southward over the southern Rockies and then out onto the southern plains from approximately December 21st through the 26th. This system affected the Cheyenne CWA in two waves. The first occurred December 22 and 23rd and brought light snow with strong winds that created drifting snow and hazardous driving conditions. As the storm system moved eastward, it intensified and brought heavy snow and blizzard conditions to the central Plains over the Holiday weekend. A second wave of significant winter weather occurred over southeast Wyoming and the western Nebraska panhandle in wraparound energy from late on the 24th through the 26th. Heavy snow and very strong winds produced blizzard conditions in the northeast portions of the CWA with near blizzard conditions elsewhere. Many roads were closed, including interstates 80 and 25 on Christmas day. Two deaths were indirectly attributed to to the second wave of winter weather, one near Laramie, WY and the other near Guernsey, WY.
Event Narrative Blizzard conditions were seen across the northern Nebraska panhandle through Christmas day and continued through the following morning. Area roads were closed due to snow and blowing snow reducing visibilities and creating hazardous driving conditions. ASOS at Chadron Municipal Airport reported visibilities at 1/4 SM beginning at 1143 MST. At 1244 MST, local law enforcement in Chadron reported an estimated 4 to 6 inches of snow had fallen. Another report came in at approximately 1500 MST with drifts 3-4 ft high due to extremely windy conditions. At 2015 MST, a county official in Chadron reported continued low visibilities of 1/4 SM since around noon. At 2330 MST, local law enforcement in Chadron reported continuing visibilities less than 1/4 mile due to strong winds and snow in town. At this time, the ASOS at Chadron Municipal Airport was reporting 3/4 SM with wind gusts of 35 MPH.


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
BANNER (ZONE) BANNER (ZONE) NE 12/25/2009 06:00 MST-7 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SCOTTS BLUFF (ZONE) SCOTTS BLUFF (ZONE) NE 12/25/2009 06:00 MST-7 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CHEYENNE (ZONE) CHEYENNE (ZONE) NE 12/25/2009 06:00 MST-7 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BOX BUTTE (ZONE) BOX BUTTE (ZONE) NE 12/25/2009 06:00 MST-7 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
KIMBALL (ZONE) KIMBALL (ZONE) NE 12/25/2009 06:00 MST-7 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MORRILL (ZONE) MORRILL (ZONE) NE 12/25/2009 06:00 MST-7 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
NORTH SIOUX (ZONE) NORTH SIOUX (ZONE) NE 12/25/2009 09:00 MST-7 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
DAWES (ZONE) DAWES (ZONE) NE 12/25/2009 09:00 MST-7 Blizzard 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 0.00K 0.00K