State Climatologist Ken Dewey at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln says the amount of snow we see today and tomorrow depends on when it switches from rain to snow.
“Now, there is one tiny, little glimmer of hope and that would be, as these systems can do, if it can find a way to pull in some dry air from the southwest, it can cut off the moisture entirely,” according to Dewey. “So, when we say we’re going to have a certain amount of snowfall, it’s not a guarantee. It’s just the highest probability.”
Predictions of snowfall vary greatly, from as little as four inches of snow to as much as 14 inches. Dewey says the only prediction he can guarantee is that the state will see precipitation today and tomorrow.
“It’s a 100% chance it’s going to rain. It’s a 100% chance it’s going to snow over this weekend. It’s not 100% sure it’s going to be eight to 10 inches of snow, but it’s very high probability,” Dewey says.
Rain will turn to snow once the temperature drops to 36 degrees. The snow will be a heavy, wet snow. Blizzard conditions could form in western and central Nebraska.
Dewey acknowledges it is difficult for weather forecasters to accurately predict how much snow will fall.
“But, we’re not going to escape snow,” Dewey says. “This is not one of these situations where, as the system is approaching us, all of a sudden it veers off to the side and the next thing that you know, it’s Kansas City and St. Louis is getting the snow or it heads up toward Minneapolis. This is not going to miss us.”
The storm poses the greatest threat tonight into tomorrow. Travel could become treacherous, even dangerous. The Nebraska Department of Roads has travel information on its website, which you can access by clicking here.
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