Eastern parts of Nebraska continue to dig out after a heavy snowfall late Saturday night into all day Sunday. National Weather Service Meteorologist Becky Kern says the amounts differ depending on location. The hardest hit area was in Knox County with eleven inches. There was a secondary area of heavier snowfall in Douglas County. Fremont had about 4, Columbus a couple of inches, Lincoln about two inches. There were two distinct areas of heavier snowfall.
Kern says, “It was a very complex, dynamic system and we had this band set up to basically Des Moines into eastern Nebraska overnight Saturday and it persisted longer than we expected. These little bands, we call them mesoscale bands, they are very hard to predict exactly where they will set up and how long they will persist so we got that extra accumulation occur right over the biggest population area.” She says these small pockets are hard for forecast models to pick up on and with this dynamic system it is hard to predict where the snow will fall.
Warmer conditions on Saturday kept the precipitation as rainfall. That turned the streets to slush as it froze making dangerous driving conditions overnight in the metro. Then came that band of snow that continued into the evening on Sunday.
Nebraska will remain in the deep freeze for the rest of the week. Kern says, “We only have a brief window on Wednesday where we will see above freezing temperatures, right at 32 degrees. I-80 and south could get slightly above freezing but other than that we don’t hit even close to the freezing mark through the seven day forecast.”