Nebraska might not see the snowfall totals first expected from this winter snowstorm.
Still, the snowstorm which triggered light snowfall on parts of Nebraska last night is expected to leave behind perhaps as much as a foot of snow before it leaves the state.
Forecaster Shawn Rossi with the National Weather Service office in Hastings says there’s a reason for that.
“It’s a little bit complicated, but in short, there was quite a bit of dry air near the surface, so it takes a while for the atmosphere to saturate and for the snowfall to make it to the ground,” Rossi tells Nebraska Radio Network. “So, that did hinder the totals a little bit. But, that being said, we’re still expecting some pretty significant snowfall, mainly between the noon and 6pm hours for most of south-central and central Nebraska.”
As of late Thursday morning, between two to seven inches of snow had fallen on south-central and central Nebraska.
Rossi says this snowstorm has been slow to build through the state.
“The snowfall started yesterday afternoon across the southern part of the state and it’s been slow to work its way east, because of that dry air. But we’re expecting some decent snowfall this afternoon, anywhere from five to eight inches in spots,” according to Rossi.
The largest snowfall is expected to fall Thursday afternoon. It should exit by Friday morning.
“Well, there’ll be some showers lingering into the evening hours, but by daybreak Friday it should be all said and done,” Rossi says.
This storm will leave just in time for a second winter snowstorm to move in. Rossi says that one might not produce as much snow, but will pack some high winds.
For the latest, click here for the National Weather Service, Hastings office website.
AUDIO: Brent Martin talks with Forecaster Shawn Rossi from NWS office in Hastings. [2:50]