How much snow will we get from this second big snowstorm?
“Really, not much of anything, it looks like it’s going to keep the main storm track to the south of Nebraska. It’s going to come precariously close to the Nebraska-Kansas border, across portions of southeast Nebraska,” State Climatologist Al Dutcher at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln tells Nebraska Radio Network.
This second late winter snowstorm comes on the heels of the storm that hit Nebraska late last week. It deposited five inches to about a foot of snow on portions of Nebraska, the heaviest snow falling along the Nebraska-Kansas border.
That storm hit the Kansas City area hard. This second storm is expected to follow the same path, blanketing Kansas in white, and then cutting a swath through Missouri before continuing east.
Early forecasts projected extremely heavy snowfalls in Nebraska, with some predicting up to 20 inches of snow in portions of the state.
This storm simply will not produce the snowfall first expected.
“It’s going to be much less than we thought,” Dutcher says. “I would suspect that the areas which have the best chance of receiving any significant snowfall accumulations will be extreme southeastern Nebraska.”
Dutcher expects an inch to two inches of snow in the eastern quarter of the state. The western portion of Nebraska may only receive a dusting.
Dutcher says that while the first projections forecast heavy snowfall for the state, it became more apparent the storms would move south.
“Now, even those these systems missed us, they didn’t miss us by that much and when you’re looking at forecasting a week out in advance and the storm track is only varied a little over a hundred miles, that’s really not that far of a deviation of the models,” Dutcher says.