1-2 inches of snow falls in Omaha; more on the way next week - Omaha.com
Published Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 12:01 am / Updated at 5:43 pm
1-2 inches of snow falls in Omaha; more on the way next week

The shovels were out Saturday morning as Omahans cleans up from an overnight snowfall.

As of 7:30 a.m. CDT, the National Weather Service reported 1.4 inches of snowfall at its Valley, Neb., offices. 1.3 inches of snow was reported at Omaha Eppley airport as of 7 a.m.; Grand Island reported 2.2 inches.

Winds will start off light this morning but could increase to 25 mph as clouds clear this afternoon. Highs could reach the upper 20s, but will drop to near zero by Saturday night.

Additional snowfall is likely to move through the Omaha area early next week, according to Mark Paquette, a meteorologist with AccuWeather, The World-Herald's weather consultant.

Paquette said Saturday the storm system will mostly affect areas to Omaha's south and east, moving from the Houston area north toward Memphis, Tenn., and into Cincinnati, Ohio, on Tuesday.

Early reports indicate the Omaha area could see 1-3 inches of powder starting on Monday evening, Paquette said.

Elsewhere in Nebraska, a little more than 3 inches of snow fell on North Platte from Thursday into Friday.

At 1 p.m. Friday, the National Weather Service office in North Platte had recorded 3.3 inches, making travel a little tricky around the region. The Nebraska Department of Roads urged extreme caution on highways in southwestern Nebraska, including Lincoln County.

Meteorologist Bill Taylor told the Telegraph Friday that “it wasn't a major storm” but was an upper-level disturbance that led to 2-5 inches of snowfall across central and western Nebraska, and higher snow amounts in Colorado.

Because it was an upper-level disturbance, Taylor said, there wasn't a lot of wind associated with the storm.

“The storm system was mostly aloft. There wasn't much at the surface, so we didn't have wind,” he said.

The North Platte 911 Center issued a snow emergency at 12:08 p.m. Friday, asking residents who live along snow routes to move their vehicles.

High temperatures reached the mid-20s on Friday, and Taylor said the weather service expects temperatures to remain in that range through next week.

“Especially with the snow cover now, we'll stay cold probably through much of next week. There could be bouts of light snow early next week,” he said.

Taylor also said it was a wet snow, bringing 0.25 inches of precipitation, and putting North Platte right at 0.33 inches of precipitation in January.

“That isn't too bad for January,” he said. “With this snow, we'll end the month near normal for North Platte.”

Ogallala and Imperial experienced the highest snow totals in Nebraska with close to 5 inches of snow each. Snow totals went up moving into Colorado.

World-Herald staff writer Patrick Duprey and The World-Herald News Service contributed to this report.


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