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Heavy Rain Expected In The Mid-Atlantic; Strong System Sweeps Into Plains

Locally heavy rainfall and a few severe thunderstorms are possible over the Mid-Atlantic into eastern North Carolina, as the remnants of Nestor move across the region today. Elsewhere, a very strong storm system will sweep into the Plains and severe thunderstorms with very large hail, damaging winds, heavy rain and a few tornadoes are expected from parts of Texas and Oklahoma into Arkansas. Read More >

Widespread Snow and Gusty Winds

 February 4, 2014


Event Summary

A winter storm system emerged from the Rocky Mountains early in the morning on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 and tracked northeastward across Kansas during the day, before departing during the overnight hours.  The track of the storm system brought the heaviest accumulations across portions of Kansas, where amounts of over a foot of snow were reported.  Snowfall across south central Nebraska and north central Kansas ranged from around two inches in the Ord and Greeley areas, to much higher amounts of four to eight inches in areas south of a line from Phillipsburg, KS to Hebron, NE.   An arctic cold front pushed south during the day on Feburary 4th, and temperatures dropped into the single digits and teens behind the front.  North winds averaged 20 to 20 mph and wind gusts were in the 30 to 35 mph range while the snow was falling.  The combination of the falling snow combined with the gusty winds caused areas of blowing and drifting snow and reduced visibilities as low as one quarter of a mile.  Once the snow ended, the arctic airmass and frigid temperatures remained. The winter storm caused events to be cancelled, and many schools were delayed or cancelled classes on February 5th.  Low temperatures on both mornings of February 5th and February 6th saw low temperatures in single to double digits below zero, with the coldest low temperature of -21 degrees reported at Ravenna, NE on February 6th.  A new record low temperature of -14 degrees was set in Hastings, NE the morning of February 6th, and the previous record was 100 years old, set back in 1914.  Wind chill readings during the overnight and early morning hours on the February 5th and 6th averaged 20 to 30 degrees below zero. 

500 mb and Surface Maps

500mb map at 6 am Tuesday, February 4, 2014.
500mb map at 6 am 
Tuesday, February 4, 2014.

Surface map at 6 am Tuesday, February 4, 2014.
Surface map at 6 am 
Tuesday, February 4, 2014.

The precipitation maps below display where the heavier snowfall occurred across north central Kansas into far southern Nebraska.  Where the heavier precipitation fell, the liquid precipitation (or melted snowfall) averaged one quarter of an inch to over one half of an inch. 

Snow and Precipitation Maps

Storm Total Snow Accumulation Reported.
Storm Total Snow Accumulation Reported.

Storm Total Precipitation.
Storm Total Precipitation (melted snow).



Event Photos

Lexington, NE NDOR Web Cam.
NDOR Web Cam View near Lexington, NE.

KDOT Web Cam View near Russell, KS.
KDOT Web Cam View near Russell, KS.

McCool Junction Bus Picture.
Snow in McCool Junction Bus Picture.
(Photo Courtesy of Steve Green)

NWS Office Hastings, NE.
View from the NWS Office in Hastings, NE.

Visible Satellite Image on February 5th.
Visible Satellite Image on February 5th
of the widespread snowpack 
(and a few clouds).

Sundogs were visible the day after the snow on Februrary 5, 2014.
Sundogs were visible the day after the snow on Februrary 5, 2014.


Snowfall reports of three inches or greater are listed in the table below:

Location Storm Total Snowfall
Hubbell, NE 8.0"
Osborne, KS 7.5"
Plainville, KS 4WNW 7.2"
Beloit, KS 6.5"
Hunter, KS 6.5"
Alton, KS 2SW 6.0"
Natoma, KS 5.5"
Ruskin, NE 3W 5.5"
Mankato, KS 5.0"
 Oxford, NE 5.0"
 Clay Center, NE 2W 5.0"
Superior, NE 4E 4.8"
 Burr Oak, KS 4.6"
Lawrence, NE 4.5"
 Cawker City, KS 4.5"
 Lebanon, KS 4.0"
 Bladen, NE 4SW 4.0"
Smith Center, KS 3.9"
 Hebron, NE 3.6"
Red Cloud, NE 4E 3.5"
NWS Hastings, NE 3.2"
Osceola, NE 3.0"
Ionia, KS 3.0"
Wilsonville, NE 3.0"
Hastings, NE 2WNW 3.0"