The National Weather Service reports the Feb. 1-2 winter storm was record setting in parts of Nebraska.
The snowfall totals for Tuesday smashed records for the day and month in Grand Island and Hastings, but came short of being an all-time-high in those cities. That honor remains with a March 2006 storm.
Jeremy Wesely is the lead meteorologist for the National Weather Service’s Hastings office. He says a widespread area of the state had a foot to a foot and a half of snow.
“This was a strong system,” Wesely says. “It moved at a slow enough pace and had enough gulf moisture to work with that it was able to put down those heavy snow amounts.”
Grand Island accumulated 18.3 inches of total snowfall, while Hastings had 15.7 inches.
Wesely says a satellite image shows snow now covers nearly the entire state. Only the far southeast corner escaped with mostly rain.
“And with the wind speeds sustained at 30 to 40 miles per hour, gusting 40 to 50 miles per hour,” Wesely says, “with those kind of snowfall amounts, you can see why Interstate-80 was closed for over 24 hours.”
He says once the central Nebraska snow melts, the ground will take in 1.25-1.75 inches of water.