Yes, it’s May. Yes, snow is in the forecast.
SCOTTSBLUFF — Just when the Panhandle thought spring had arrived, Mother Nature had other plans.
The National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather outlook for western Nebraska and east central Wyoming on Monday.
The drizzling rain Scottsbluff is currently experiencing will eventually change to snow. The National Weather Service in Cheyenne advisories are being expanded and it is now expected there will be snow Monday night into Tuesday. Those advisories are expected to continue to be updated as the weather system moves into the area and changes.
On Wednesday, the chance of snow drops to 20 percent, but sunshine is not expected to return until Friday.
“It is a little late in the season for snow,” said Jeff Garmon, meteorologist. “We sometimes joke that it can snow in June, but it is not unheard of to have snow in May.”
According to National Weather Service records, the latest significant snowfall they have recorded was on May 31, 1917, when two inches fell on Scottsbluff.
On Tuesday, patchy fog is also expected before noon with temperatures falling to about 35 degrees. A rain/snow mix is expected to continue through Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning. The Weather Service is predicting some snow accumulation is possible on grassy and elevated surfaces.
Garmon said one to two inches of snow is expected through Tuesday evening.
“There is a chance the number can go up a little big because we are starting with a little cooler weather,” Garmon said. “That means snow will be easier to generate and may go up as high as four inches (in Scottsbluff).”