Day: Snow coming to Nebraska; heaviest snow just to our east

A very large storm system is on the way for the drought-stricken areas of the central Plains.

Meteorologist Don Day with Day Weather says that while the entire state of Nebraska will see snow with this storm, the heaviest snow should just miss the Panhandle to the east and southeast.

Day said that the Cheyenne, Lusk, Torrington, Scottsbluff, Alliance areas should see 2 to 5 inches of snow, with areas from Kimball to Sidney picking up a little more, possibly up to 6 or 7 inches, with more from Ogallala eastward.

The National Weather Service has issued Winter Storm Warnings for Garden and Deuel counties, where they say 6 to 10 inches are possible in Garden county, with a foot possible in Deuel county. Areas further east, including Kearney, Grand Island, and Hastings, could see 14 inches or more.

Day said that a half-inch or more of water equivalent is likely for the southern portion of Nebraska and Kansas, and that is good news for the drought. Areas in the Panhandle will probably see less than a quarter inch of moisture content, but that is more than the area has seen in a while.

Like the storm on February 9th and 10th, this storm will have a bigger impact just east of us, but Day said that this should be seen as an encouraging sign that a large portion of the drought-stricken middle of the country is seeing precipitation.

Finally, Day added that other storms are on the horizon, with more snow possible Sunday into Monday, and again Tuesday into Wednesday. Day said that when these weather patterns develop, storms tend to move close to the same area, and if a storm would move 50 to 100 miles further north, western Nebraska and eastern Wyoming would see the heavy snow.

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