University of Nebraska – Lincoln climatologist Ken Dewey likens this to a snow that comes at the tail end of winter, not in the middle of winter.
“This is like a March snowstorm. It’s not really a January snowstorm,” Dewey tells LNK Today on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “It’s wet. It’s very juicy, lots of moisture. Yesterday, there were tornadoes down in Missouri with a lot of damage. So, it’s a springtime event. It’s almost like its Boys State or Girls State where we always talk about the Nebraska blizzard.”
Dewey says this storm could even produce thunder snow.
South-central, central, and northeast Nebraska seems to be taking the brunt of it with predicted snowfall varying widely from 8 to 18 inches.
Dewey says western Nebraska took the brunt of the storm earlier today as it spread throughout the state.
“The back edge of the storm right now is around the North Platte, Cozad area and it’s a slow enough moving system, it will be an all-day snow here and it’s worst to the west and the north where wind speeds are already gusting to 30 to 40 miles an hour,” according to Dewey.
Dewey says this, indeed, is a blizzard.
“This is what creates a blizzard. It’s not the amount of snow, it is the wind and the sustained wind speed, of course above 35 mph and it has to last for several hours,” according to Dewey. “If a cold front burst through and snow is blowing all around, that’s not technically a blizzard. But, what makes this a blizzard is the falling snow, the blowing snow on the ground and then, of course, the very strong winds.”