Snow, freezing rain, sleet, regular ole rain; we’ve nearly seen it all so far this winter.
“In a word, this has been a wet weather pattern across a good part of the country for a good part of the month. In fact, several places here in Nebraska are going to set records for December precipitation.” Meteorologist Barbara Mayes with the National Weather Service tells Nebraska Radio Network.
That wet weather pattern has manifested itself in strange ways.
Take the Sun Bowl, for example. The bowl played the day after Christmas, on the same day the Huskers defeated UCLA, featured snow throughout the game. Camera crews had difficulty picking up the ball, the snow was so thick. The Sun Bowl is played in El Paso, Texas.
Most weather outlets, including the National Weather Service, predicted heavy snowfall in Nebraska Monday. Western Nebraska got little snow, central to eastern Nebraska received around two inches of snow, perhaps a bit more in the Omaha area. For the most part, the feared winter storm shifted east and dumped its snow elsewhere.
Temperatures in the area dictate the form the precipitation takes.
Mayes says temperatures in Nebraska this winter could lead to less snow, more rain.
“For the month of January, our climate prediction center gives us about a 40-50% chance of our temperatures tilting toward the warmer side of our climatology.”
Mayes predicts cold, but dry conditions as we move into a new year.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]