Nebraska dodged a major bullet; a bit colder and the state would have been in the path of a blizzard which brought Christmas travel in the Dakotas to a standstill.
Rain came down in sheets throughout the state Christmas evening as strong winds shook the state.
Those wishing for a white Christmas, got thunderstorms instead as well as fog early, then, plenty of rain and wind.
Valentine and Lincoln reported record precipitation for Christmas Day. Omaha fell just short of its record.
The National Weather Service reports wind gusts hit near 50 miles per hour, even stronger along the Nebraska-South Dakota border.
It all came as part of a storm system which stretched from Canada to Texas. Temperatures north of Nebraska dropped much lower, causing the ice storm and blizzard that froze the Dakotas in place.
The weather caused spotty power outages. Omaha Public Power District reported around 800 customers without electricity for a few hours. High winds also caused power outages in and around Grand Island. The Nebraska State Patrol reports high winds knocked down a semi tractor-trailer on I-80 near Kearney.
The National Weather Service’s North Platte office has issued a hazardous weather outlook for western and north-central Nebraska due to high winds, expected to gust up to 40 mph.
Ice jams have caused concern about elevated river levels. NWS expects some minor flooding due to the ice jams along the North Platte River upstream from Lake McConaughy.