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After brief break from rain, sun could be replaced by — gulp — snow

October 11, 2018

The gray skies persisted for another day Tuesday, adding to the rain total in Lincoln, producing thunderstorms capable of spawning tornadoes in southern Iowa and dropping snow — yes, snow — in parts of Nebraska.

In Lincoln, the airport reported 1.4 inches of rain from when the showers began Sunday morning and Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Over that span, Lincoln saw rainfall in 37 of 57 hours.

Forecasters are calling for a brief respite from the rain Wednesday and Thursday before another variable enters the picture: snow.

The white stuff was already falling Tuesday across parts of north-central and western Nebraska, with forecasts of 4 to 8 inches possible in Cherry, Hooker and Grant counties.

North Platte was included in a winter weather advisory, with the chance for 2-4 inches of snow.

A freeze watch was up for the Grand Island, Hastings and Kearney areas, where temperatures could drop into the 20s Thursday morning.

In the Lincoln area, forecasters said rain could mix with snow Friday morning.

The threat of flooding did not materialize over most parts of the state, but the prolonged rain event did wash out the final round of the state high school girls golf tournament scheduled Tuesday at courses in Norfolk, Columbus and North Platte.

More than 4.2 inches of rain has fallen since Saturday near Cook in Johnson County, where water was reported flowing over a county road Monday evening.

A flood warning was posted for the Big Blue River corridor south of Wymore in Gage County. At 6 p.m. Tuesday, the Beatrice airport reported 2 inches of rain since Saturday.

With dry conditions expected, Lincoln’s high will only reach 47 Wednesday. The sun may turn up Thursday as temperatures reach 50.

More precipitation is expected this weekend.

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