Spring storm leaves up to 11 inches of snow in Nebraska; cooler weather expected through mid-April

Spring storm leaves up to 11 inches of snow in Nebraska; cooler weather expected through mid-April
This photo was tweeted out Easter morning by the National Weather Service Office in Hastings, Nebraska. Hastings received 6.5 inches of snow in the spring storm, according to the weather service. (National Weather Service)

A spring storm sweeping across southern and central Nebraska on Sunday left as many as 11 inches of snow on the ground in some areas.

Hardest hit appeared to be Thayer County along the Nebraska-Kansas border. The village of Carleton reported 11 inches of snow by 12:30 p.m., and nearby Belvidere had 10.8.

Shickley in Fillmore County measured 8 inches of snow, and Blue Hill in Webster County reported 7.5. Minden in Kearney County had 7.5 inches of snow and 6.5 inches fell in Hastings in Adams County.

“A lot of the southern and central part of the state saw at least 5 to 6 inches (of snow),” said meteorologist Tom Kines of AccuWeather. “The good news is it blew through pretty quickly.”

Omaha was expected to get flurries only, with the major portion of the storm passing south of Lincoln, Kines said. The weather across Nebraska and southwest Iowa will remain unseasonably cool, however, through about mid-April.

“Springtime highs should be reaching near 60, but that’s not coming anytime soon,” Kines said. “Once the weather does break, though, our average highs will be in the mid- to lower 60s.”

The coming week will feature “a couple of good days” and “one really rotten day,” he said. The Omaha area can expect high temperatures in the mid-40s but look out for Tuesday.

“Tuesday looks like that rotten day,” Kines said. “The highs will be in the 30s, and there might be a little bit of rain. It will be so windy that (the temperature) is going to feel like it’s in the 20s most of the day. It could even snow.”

The sun is expected to peek out Wednesday and coax a high temperature in the 40s. The best day of the week weather-wise is expected to be Thursday, with a high temperature in the 50s before more cold and rain or snow comes along Friday and Saturday.

“A strong cold front is going to drop down out of the north over the next weekend,” Kines said. “It certainly looks like it will be the second half of the month before we get that milder period that we deserve.”