Lincoln Weather Update: Thursday, April 16
Middle of April…check. Spring snowstorm…check. Wait what??
Snow is already falling in the Panhandle and will continue to spread east, mainly along the I-80 corridor. We should start to see snow falling in eastern Nebraska by mid to late morning. BUT! Then things get tricky. Models still in disagreement this morning. Some have rain mixing in for the afternoon, others remain all snow. So what will win out?
Our short term models, which generally, are fairly accurate, are mixing in rain during the afternoon as temperatures will be above freezing. IF this scenario happens, we’ll see much lower snow amounts. If it remains all snow as some models are predicting, higher amounts are expected. 3-5″ could be possible. Models also hinting at heavy banding setting up in southeastern Nebraska. Areas in those bands could see locally higher amounts. Snow totals will vary, over a small distance. Any shifting will drastically change who sees a lot of snow and who doesn’t.
What we do know. There will be melting. Air and ground temperatures are above freezing so initially the snow will melt on contact making forecasting accumulations difficult.
The snow that does fall and accumulate will be wet, heavy snow. If you don’t have to shovel–don’t. It’ll start melting away by Friday as sunshine returns along with temps neat 50 degrees.
60s return for the weekend under mainly sunny skies. Next week looks much warmer, highs in the 60s and 70s with only a few chances of rain.
Message of the day
– significant snow accumulation- travel along 29 and 80 will be impacted – heavy wet snow may damage trees and power lines -conditions improving tonight