First winter weather strikes region

October 10, 2018

The first winter storm of the season hit our area on Tuesday evening. A winter weather advisory was issued for a large part of western Nebraska to be in effect until 9 a.m. CT on Wednesday.

The advisory was for the following counties: Sheridan, Keya Paha, Brown, Rock, Garden, Grant, Hooker, Thomas, Blaine, Arthur, McPherson, Logan, Deuel, Keith, Perkins, Lincoln, Chase and Hayes. Cherry County was in a winter storm warning.

Weather cameras at the 511 Nebraska website on Tuesday evening showed rain across the state and snow accumulating on the ground from Cherry County to Grant.

The weather forecast for North Platte was for rain and snow, becoming all snow late in the evening, with a low temperature around 32 degrees and snow accumulations of 1 to 3 inches possible, with wind gusts as high as 25 mph. Accumulations of 4 to 6 inches were possible in Ogallala and 3 to 7 inches in Valentine.

The high on Wednesday is expected to be near 40 in North Platte with north to northwest winds at 10 to 15 mph and gusts as high as 25 mph. The low is expected to dip to around 26 degrees on Wednesday night. Temperatures are expected to remain cold for the next several days.

On a related note, volunteer cooperative weather observers are needed to record daily precipitation and temperatures in the Curtis, Hay Springs and Lynch areas. Levi Blanchette, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in North Platte, said equipment is provided to the observers; it is installed and maintained by weather office staff. The data that observers collect is important for continuous climate research and historical records, said Blanchette.

The online weather service description states, “The data you provide is an essential part of climate predictions which will effect generations to come.” See weather.gov/lbf/newcoopobserver. Anyone interested can call 308-532-0921 or email nws.northplatte@gmail.com

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