Nebraskans received an early taste of winter Sunday. Cathy Zapotocny is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service and how much fell depends on location.
Zapotocny says, “There were several swaths of some snow so the western part of the state does have a quite a bit more snow. There were some other bands of snow that set up across parts of central, northeast and southeast Nebraska. We had 1.4 inches officially at Omaha Eppley. We had higher amounts toward Saline County that were around seven inches so there were higher amounts there. We also had reports of about four inches in parts of Lancaster County.”
The wet, heavy snow gathered on leaves still on the trees. That weighted down branches that landed on power lines. At one point, Omaha Public Power District reported about 50,000 customers were without serve. As of 11 a.m. Monday, about 3,500 customers remain in the dark and cold. Power outages varied statewide.
Zapotocny says average first day of snowfall in eastern Nebraska is November 10th. However there are exceptions – like October 25 of 1997 when the area received over a foot of snow. In 1991, Halloween was canceled due to an inch of ice followed by upwards of 10 inches of snow.
The good news is that more normal weather will return in the days ahead. It will be dry with highs in the 50’s and 60’s for the week ahead.