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Event Details

Event Winter Weather
State NEBRASKA
County/Area HOWARD
WFO GID
Begin Date 03/07/2011 00:30:00 CST-6
End Date 03/08/2011 11:00:00 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 Between the pre-dawn hours of Monday the 7th and the morning of Wednesday the 9th, a rather complex, two-part snow event affected South Central Nebraska. In the end, the highest storm total snowfall amounts of 4-6 inches focused primarily north of Interstate 80, although some locations roughly west of a line from Kearney to Beaver City also picked up 3 to isolated 5 inch amounts. In contrast, most areas generally east of a line from Franklin to Hastings only measured from a dusting up to around 2 inches. For all areas, the majority of snow fell during the first 24 hours of the event on the 7th. Although most snow accumulations fell on the 7th-8th, one last band of light snow drifted across central and eastern sections of the area on the morning of the 9th, dropping as much as 0.7-inch at Grand Island.

Needless to say, this winter storm did not turn out to be nearly as significant as originally forecast a few days prior to the onset. For several days in advance, a number of computer model forecasts insisted that much of the area would see at least 8-12 inches of snow, along with fairly strong north winds. However, two primary factors combined to make this event a snow dud for much of the area. First of all, the upper level low pressure systems that provided the forcing for snowfall came into the Central Plains in a far less-organized fashion than first predicted. This prevented a persistent, concentrated swath of snow from forming, especially with the second part of the system on Tuesday the 8th. The weaker system also kept winds from becoming very strong, with sustained speeds mainly holding at or below 20-25 MPH. Secondly, the easterly surface winds that prevailed during this time actually drew slightly warmer air into roughly the eastern half of South Central Nebraska, bringing temperatures into the 32-38 degree range, which greatly hindered snow accumulation or changed precipitation over to light rain altogether.
Event Narrative Snowfall totals over the two days ranged from 3 to 5 inches across the county.


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
BUFFALO (ZONE) BUFFALO (ZONE) NE 03/07/2011 00:30 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
NANCE (ZONE) NANCE (ZONE) NE 03/07/2011 00:30 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SHERMAN (ZONE) SHERMAN (ZONE) NE 03/07/2011 00:30 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
VALLEY (ZONE) VALLEY (ZONE) NE 03/07/2011 00:30 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HOWARD (ZONE) HOWARD (ZONE) NE 03/07/2011 00:30 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GREELEY (ZONE) GREELEY (ZONE) NE 03/07/2011 00:30 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 0.00K 0.00K