A heavy snowstorm is slowing heading Nebraska’s way, likely to begin to pick up steam throughout the day tomorrow.
State Climatologist Ken Dewey with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln expects the heaviest snow to fall west of Lincoln and Omaha.
“So, the main path of the heavy snow is to our west and to our south,” Dewey tells Jack and Dave in the Morning on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “So, people out in the Hastings area will probably see a foot of snow and then south towards the Kansas border around 15 inches of snow.”
Those totals, though large, are smaller than previously predicted.
Dewey explains that the storm has slowed down and is tracking south even as dry, eastern air stunts its growth.
The climatologist forecasts the heaviest snowfall to begin after the morning drive. He cautions against travel on Thursday.
“The heavy snow will be in the middle of the day and, by then, you’re going to be at work or you’re going to be traveling across the state or the region and you’re going to get stuck,” according to Dewey.
This snowstorm is the first of two. The second should roll into the state on Sunday.
“And, then we get a second snowfall, almost like it’s December or January, but then the models are saying, that’s it, we have exhausted our arsenal of snowstorms and by the end of the month it goes back to dry and near-normal to warmer than normal,” Dewey says.
Dewey calls the coming snowstorm an intermission in a mild winter that has produced far less snow than normal.
AUDIO: State Climatologist Ken Dewey discusses the coming snowstorm on KLIN’s Jack and Dave in the Morning. [10:20]