April showers may bring snow to metro area - Omaha.com
Published Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 1:00 am / Updated at 9:41 am
under a raw forecast today
April showers may bring snow to metro area

Repeat the following:

We need the rain, we need the snow.

We need the rain, we need the snow.

The Midlands, more accustomed to dry days and drought, are seeing yet another round of cold rain and snow.

A raw day is forecast for Thursday in eastern Nebraska as temperatures drop, winds pick up out of the north-northwest to 20-30 mph and snow mixes with rain.

A high temp in the upper 30s was expected Thursday for the Omaha area, said Bryon Miller of the National Weather Service Office in Valley, Neb. Normal highs for mid- to late April are in the mid-60s.

By 8 a.m. Thursday, Eppley Airfield in Omaha had recorded 1.04 inches of rain and Valley .72 inches. More rain is falling farther south. Falls City, Neb., had received five inches of rain by Thursday morning.

Areas west of Lincoln will continue to receive snow throughout Thursday, Miller said, with a rain-snow mix from Lincoln northeast to Sioux City, Iowa.

More rain is possible Saturday night, with a rain-snow mix possible in the Omaha area Monday night into Tuesday.

In the meantime, Friday is likely to bring some sunshine and a little warmer weather.

But the storm is not leaving without causing problems in Nebraska. For the second time in two weeks, Interstate 80 closed Wednesday due to a spring snowstorm. The Interstate closed at Big Springs, Neb., because of difficult driving conditions in Wyoming, where services are limited.

Flooding is possible in southwest Nebraska and southwest Iowa, where heavier rain has been falling. More serious flooding and severe weather is forecast across Missouri, southern and eastern Iowa and farther east. Some flooding could be major, with the extent of damage depending on the proximity of homes and whether levees hold.

Air travel in Denver and Chicago was disrupted by the storm, backing up flights at other airports, including Omaha's Eppley Airfield.

Eppley officials could not be reached immediately, but the airport's website reported that at least five inbound flights involving three airlines were canceled Wednesday night and more delays and cancellations were listed Thursday morning.

Late Wednesday, Dana Harnik, 24, of Omaha, was still at Midway Airport in Chicago after experiencing multiple flight cancellations — “I've kind of lost track'' — since Tuesday morning.

Harnik was stymied first by American Airlines' computer problems Tuesday, then by the weather.

She finally got out of Boston on Wednesday morning, though the flight was delayed. She missed a connecting flight at O'Hare in Chicago.

After two American Airlines flights to Omaha were canceled, she took a taxi to Midway Airport and booked a Southeast Airlines flight to Omaha.

That got canceled, too, her fourth in two days. Her original flight from Omaha to Boston also was canceled, making it five cancellations for her trip to New England.

Harnik finally arrived home at 2 a.m. Thursday -- more than 30 hours after her original arrival time. Others on her Southwest flight were also heading home after flight delays, but none she talked to matched her time being stranded.

She had one thing on her mind when she got home: sleep.

"I went to sleep immediately because I had to be at work this morning," the physical therapist said. "It seems like there's a lot of weather trouble in Chicago, I might not fly through there again."

The National Weather Service expects mostly sunny skies Friday in Omaha, with highs in the upper 40s. Saturday morning will be chilly, but daytime highs could climb into the 50s.

A slight chance of rain is back in the forecast Saturday night, said Josh Boustead, a weather service meteorologist.

“The first half of the weekend looks fine, but there's a chance of rain Saturday night and Sunday ahead of the next storm that is moving in,” he said.

By Monday night, a rain-snow mix is possible as temperatures drop, he said. Whether the cold, wet weather continues into Tuesday isn't clear yet, but sunshine is forecast by midweek.

World-Herald staff writer Jay Withrow and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

Contact the writer:

402-444-1102, nancy.gaarder@owh.com


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Contact the writer: Nancy Gaarder

nancy.gaarder@owh.com    |   402-444-1102    |  

Nancy writes about weather, including a blog, Nancy's Almanac. She enjoys explaining the science behind weather and making weather stories relevant in daily life.

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