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An area of low pressure developed along the lee of the Rockies in eastern Colorado and tracked northeast across the Great Plains on Wednesday, January 18, 2023. Plentiful moisture and powerful dynamics of a system more typical of a springtime storm came together to result in a swath of significant snowfall across western and north central Nebraska. When all was said and done, the single calendar day snowfall record was broken at North Platte with a total of 13.9", while two feet of snow was reported in nearby Custer County. This storm was also the third major snow storm to impact the forecast area in the course of a month. With January not yet complete, portions of the northern Sandhills have nearly doubled the normal winter season's worth of snow. 

Final snowfall at NWS North Platte: 13.9" 

(new single day snowfall record)

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