This map shows the GFS 18Z model run for the192 Hr (February 4th at 6:00 pm) precipitation prediction. The model has been fairly consistent with this storm and it's timing, but has been moving the location north and south. Seems like a significant system will move through next week, but Nebraska has been on the northern edge on each model run. This system will be a different of storm than we have seen the last month or two because it will be coming out of the Central/Southern Rockies instead of Central Canada. Temperatures will be below freezing, so it should remain an all-snow event, but it doesn't look like we will see bitter cold temperatures like the last few days. All that being said, keep an eye on the track of this event that could potentially bring in some significant snow.
Nebraska, the hot spot on the map today (minus Southern Florida and extreme Southwest U.S. of course). Maybe this is the new winter destination?
Here is the latest climate impacts and outlook report for the Missouri River Basin released in December 2013. Highlights from the report: Wet fall for many states, September flooding in Colorado, October blizzard, and seasonal temperature and precipitation anomalies.
Click here for the report.
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