We’ve had a spell of above normal, well above normal, temperatures.
But, winter has returned.
University of Nebraska – Lincoln climatologist Ken Dewey speaks for us all when he reacts to a low of 20 in the forecast.
“Oh, man this must be really, really below (normal); no, it’s one degree below normal,” Dewey tells LNK Today on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “And, then Sunday, a low of 22, which is normal. And then Monday a low of 20 again, which is two degrees below normal. We are going to be in shock, because we have been way spoiled.”
Dewey points out at daytime temperatures have been 30 degrees above normal.
He says this latest snowstorm follows a pattern Nebraska has seen all winter, skirting around Lincoln and southeastern Nebraska to dump several inches of snow in northern and northeastern Nebraska. Lincoln is trending toward a record low amount of snowfall with only five inches of snow falling prior to this winter storm.
Vegetation has been tricked a bit by the weather, according to Dewey, who says the snowfall could prove valuable in stopping the budding of trees and the emergence of grass and flowers. Winter wheat also might be damaged if it emerged too early and we get some late freezing.
“This is a Pacific system, loaded with moisture, and there will be several inches of water in this system in northeast Nebraska all coming down in the form of snow in at least one to two feet amounts,” according to Dewey.
Dewey says this is a rapid system which should leave the state quickly. Looking ahead, Dewey sees the possibility of active spring weather.
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AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]