Major snow storm possible in Midwest...

By: Andrew Switzer
By: Andrew Switzer

With a major storm system moving into the plains this week we will see a lot of rain and possible even a few snow flakes by Thursday morning.  However, farther to our North and West temperatures may be cold enough to support a major snow storm.  This time of year with all the leaves still on the tree, a snow storm can do the damage of an ice storm in the middle of the winter....remember the October snow storm of 1996?  The bullseye for heavy snow looks to be in Central Nebraska, but some places in NW and NC Kansas may see some minor accumulations.  Following is the forecast discussion from the National Weather Service about the snow potential. 

What do you think?  Are you ready for winter?  for the snow?

CNTRL PLAINS...
ENERGY DIVING THRU THE CNTRL ROCKIES AND HIGH PLAINS TONIGHT WILL
EVOLVE INTO A LARGE AND DEEP CUT OFF LOW OVER THE CNTRL PLAINS
DURING DAYS 2 AND 3.  SUFFICIENT DYNAMIC COOLING IS FCST TO ALIGN
WITH MOISTURE WRAPPING AROUND THE WRN PORTION OF THE CIRCULATION
TO RESULT IN SOME SNOW PARTICULARLY OVER PORTIONS OF NEBRASKA. 
HPC FAVORED A BLEND OF THE 00Z GFS AND ECMWF WHICH HAVE MAINTAINED
RELATIVELY GOOD CONSISTENCY WITH THIS EVOLVING SYSTEM.  THE BEST
THREAT FOR HVY SNOW IS INDICATED OVER PORTIONS OF CNTRL NEBRASKA
INTO NWRN KS FOR WEDS INTO THURS.  GIVEN THE MARGINAL BL TEMPS AND
WARM GROUND CONDITIONS SUSPECT THAT SNOW ACCUMULATIONS WILL BE
SOMEWHAT INHIBITED...BUT PCPN SHOULD BE HVY ENOUGH FOR A TIME TO
SUPPORT AN AREA OF 4 INCH PLUS AMTS WITH SOME ISOLATED TOTALS OF
AROUND 12 INCHES POSSIBLE AS SUGGESTED BY THE GFS OVER CNTRL
NEBRASKA. 

THE PROBABILITY OF SIGNIFICANT ICING IS LESS THAN 10 PERCENT.

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