Southeastern Nebraska woke up to an unexpected snowstorm that quickly faded toward the lunch hour.
More is expected.
State Climatologist Ken Dewey with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln says this is the first of three rounds of snow. The next comes after midnight, with the third hitting the state Saturday into Saturday night.
“The best thing is to avoid travel first thing in the mornings; today, tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday. Because that’s when it will be below freezing and there’s the potential for ice on bridges or snow-covered roads where you might not expect it,” Dewey tells Jack and Dave in the Morning on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN.
The second round of snow is expected to enter the state around midnight.
The third and final round comes this weekend, likely entering the state late Saturday afternoon into Saturday evening.
Dewey expects that one to hit the hardest.
“And lays down a snow cover from Nebraska, Kansas, all the way over to northern Arkansas and that’s the one that has the potential for heavier snow,” according to Dewey. “As we have seen, the Sunday snowfall a couple of weeks ago, we were only going to get an inch, but then the storm system stalled here, waiting to move East for seven to eight hours and instead of one inch of snow we had seven to eight inches of snow.”
A snow total from the third round are hard to predict says Dewey, who points out he’s a climatologist, not a meteorologist.
“For right now, the best estimates of my colleagues whom I really trust, the ones who are really good at forecasting: probably a couple of inches on Saturday into the evening, maybe two or three inches of snow. That seems to be a fair bet,” says Dewey.
Dewey says March weather can fluctuate dramatically in Nebraska.
AUDIO: State Climatologist Ken Dewey discusses the weather on Jack and Dave in the Morning. [8:15]