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A powerful low pressure system gradually approached and eventually passed through the Central Plains between Friday, April 28th and Monday, May 1st, 2017. For roughly the southeastern two-thirds of the NWS Hastings coverage area (including the Tri Cities), this system was primarily a rain-maker, bringing a much-needed and widespread swath of 2.00-3.50" to most areas, along with a rare, late-season coating of light snow. HOWEVER, for primarily eight counties in the far western and northern fringes of our coverage area (especially Furnas/Gosper/Phelps/Dawson/western Buffalo/Sherman/Valley), this storm will go down in history as one of the most significant, late-season snow storms on record, as much of this area was blanketed with anywhere from 4-12" of heavy, wet snow during a 24-hour period between the morning of the 30th and the 1st. The combination of this heavy, wet snow building up on power lines and trees, along with northerly winds gusting up to around 50 MPH at times, resulted in several power outages mainly in rural areas, some of which lasted for several days. At some official NWS Cooperative Observer stations, including Cambridge and Wilsonville in Furnas County, this was the largest snow on record so late in the spring!

Temperature-wise, Sunday, April 30th (during which most snow associated with this system fell) was a record-cold day across most of the NWS Hastings coverage area, featuring high temperatures only between 35-40º. However, the very next day (Monday, May 1st), widespread sunshine returned and helped promote markedly-warmer highs between the mid-50s and mid-60s, resulting in a rapid snow melt. 

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NWS Radar loop from 9:30 PM on April 29 - 8:00 AM on May 1. The NWS Hastings coverage area is outlined in orange and interstates are in red.
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