It already looks like winter in parts of northwest Nebraska with a steady snowfall blanketing the area in snow. National Weather Service Meteorologist Becky Kern says the entire state is under a colder weather pattern.
Kern says, “There is actually a big system that is rolling through the central part of the country right now and behind it is the cold air that is what is creating the mix of precipitation, if you will. There is a transition of rain, drizzle and then the snow out west.”
Kern says that snow won’t stick around long as temperatures are already warming above that freezing mark. She says it not a lot of snow and although rare on October 10th it has happened in the past.
Much of Nebraska will be in a freeze watch or advisory starting tonight and continuing into Thursday morning depending on your location. The cold weather will damage outdoor plants and sprinkler systems. It is also time to unhook the hose from the spigot to prevent damage.
Kern says the colder weather will move east and there is a possibility those in eastern Nebraska could see a snowflake or two Friday morning mixed in the rainfall. Lows will be in the 30’s and then climb into the 40’s. A warming trend is expected on Saturday with highs back in the 50’s.
Photo courtesy of Nebraska DOT, south of Merriman in Cherry County.