Snow is already falling in the Panhandle as Nebraska braces for the first snow storm since February.
State Climatologist Al Dutcher with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln says the snow has entered the state.
“Unofficially, there are a couple of inches of snow on the ground already and the main system itself is just starting to enter out into the southeastern plains of Colorado at least a surface low,” Dutcher tells Nebraska Radio Network. “We’re starting to see the atmosphere juice up a little bit to the south of us.”
Dutcher has adjusted his expected snowfall slightly. He now expects between four to five inches of snow to blanket much of Nebraska. Parts of Nebraska could see as much as eight inches of snow. The largest snowfall is expected to be south of Interstate 80.
The western third of the state should see quite a bit of snow by mid-day.
“And then as the afternoon progresses, we’ll see that snow fill in all the way across eastern Nebraska and really, as we get into the evening hours, that’s when I’ll expect we’ll see the most significant snowfall across the eastern half of the state,” according to Dutcher.
The most snow will likely fall this evening, but snow is only part of the picture.
“The winds are going to be problematic. Blizzard conditions are already up for the southwestern corner of the state; would not be surprised that we’ll see near-blizzard conditions across central Nebraska and, at times, across eastern Nebraska,” Dutcher says.
Nebraska has not had a significant snow storm since February.
AUDIO: State Climatologist Al Dutcher discusses the latest on the snowstorm. [1:30]