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Event Details

Event Winter Weather
State NEBRASKA
County/Area HOWARD
WFO GID
Begin Date 12/03/2011 06:00:00 CST-6
End Date 12/04/2011 19:00:00 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 For much of South Central Nebraska, this Saturday featured the first widespread, measurable snow of the 2011-2012 winter season. Storm-total accumulations were mainly between 3-6 inches, but with exceptions on either side of this range. On the higher side, a narrow corridor across western counties including Dawson, Gosper and Furnas tallied 7-9 inches, with some of this heavier snow also clipping western portions of Buffalo, Phelps and Harlan Counties. Per NWS Cooperative Observers, the highest totals fell at Cambridge (9.2 inches), Canaday Steam Plant southeast of Lexington (8.5 inches) and eight miles south of Elwood (7.5 inches). On the lighter side of snowfall, only far southeast portions of the area averaged less than 3 inches, mainly portions of Thayer and far southeast Nuckolls Counties. In the Tri-Cities, both Hastings and Kearney led the way with 5.1 inches, which for Hastings established a new daily record for December 3rd. Although winds were not a major issue during this event, northerly speeds increased to between 15-25 MPH during the day, with gusts to near 35 MPH at times, resulting in at least minor blowing and drifting of the fairly wet snow.

Focusing on timing, the initial narrow band of steady snow set up shop along a line from southwest into north central Nebraska very early in the morning, mainly between 2 AM and 6 AM. In fact, Cambridge already reported 7 inches of snow by 8 AM. Meanwhile, across southeast portions of the area including Hebron, the initial pre-dawn precipitation started out as a cold rain. Eventually, precipitation increased in coverage and transitioned to snow area-wide, with most of the 24-county area receiving the steadiest accumulation during a 6-hour window between 7 AM and 1 PM. Snowfall really started winding down during the mid to late afternoon hours, with nothing more than a few flurries lingering by 9 PM.

The primary mid and upper level forcing for this event consisted of an open wave passing through the Central Plains in southwest flow, ejecting from a parent low pressure system over the Desert Southwest. In addition, the local area became aligned under favorable diffluence aloft owing to a coupled jet stream structure at 300 millibars. The stronger northern branch featured a 120 knot jet streak centered from eastern South Dakota into southern Ontario by mid-day on the 3rd. Beneath this upper jet structure, a focused band of mid level frontogenesis also took shape.
Event Narrative Snowfall totals of 4 to 6 inches were reported 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
FURNAS (ZONE) FURNAS (ZONE) NE 12/03/2011 01:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GOSPER (ZONE) GOSPER (ZONE) NE 12/03/2011 01:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
DAWSON (ZONE) DAWSON (ZONE) NE 12/03/2011 02:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
PHELPS (ZONE) PHELPS (ZONE) NE 12/03/2011 02:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BUFFALO (ZONE) BUFFALO (ZONE) NE 12/03/2011 02:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HARLAN (ZONE) HARLAN (ZONE) NE 12/03/2011 02:00 CST-6 Winter Storm 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
VALLEY (ZONE) VALLEY (ZONE) NE 12/03/2011 03:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SHERMAN (ZONE) SHERMAN (ZONE) NE 12/03/2011 03:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GREELEY (ZONE) GREELEY (ZONE) NE 12/03/2011 04:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
THAYER (ZONE) THAYER (ZONE) NE 12/03/2011 04:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
FILLMORE (ZONE) FILLMORE (ZONE) NE 12/03/2011 05:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
NUCKOLLS (ZONE) NUCKOLLS (ZONE) NE 12/03/2011 05:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
YORK (ZONE) YORK (ZONE) NE 12/03/2011 06:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CLAY (ZONE) CLAY (ZONE) NE 12/03/2011 06:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WEBSTER (ZONE) WEBSTER (ZONE) NE 12/03/2011 06:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HOWARD (ZONE) HOWARD (ZONE) NE 12/03/2011 06:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
NANCE (ZONE) NANCE (ZONE) NE 12/03/2011 06:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
POLK (ZONE) POLK (ZONE) NE 12/03/2011 06:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HAMILTON (ZONE) HAMILTON (ZONE) NE 12/03/2011 06:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ADAMS (ZONE) ADAMS (ZONE) NE 12/03/2011 06:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
KEARNEY (ZONE) KEARNEY (ZONE) NE 12/03/2011 06:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
FRANKLIN (ZONE) FRANKLIN (ZONE) NE 12/03/2011 06:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MERRICK (ZONE) MERRICK (ZONE) NE 12/03/2011 06:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HALL (ZONE) HALL (ZONE) NE 12/03/2011 06:00 CST-6 Winter Weather 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 0.00K 0.00K